David Warner, the Australia batsman, conceded he needs to grow up and start acting like a “mature adult” after a challenging six months for the 26 year old.
The gifted left-hander has been in the headlines for the wrong reasons in recent times and once again finds himself at a crossroads in his tumultuous career after yet another off-field misdemeanour.
Warner was handed a one-match suspended ban by Cricket NSW on Tuesday for heading to the races rather than turning out for his Sydney club side Randwick Petersham last Saturday.
While the hard-hitting opener claims his no-show was a misunderstanding, it is his third slap on the wrist from officialdom this year.
He was fined Aus$5,750 (nearly Dh20,000) for an ugly Twitter spat with a veteran Australian journalist in May before punching Joe Root, the England opener, in a Birmingham pub, which cost his place in the ICC Champions Trophy squad as well as Australia’s two Ashes lead-up games.
“The old saying is that things come in threes and I think I’ve had my turn now,” a contrite Warner told Sky Sports Radio on Thursday morning.
“There’s always going to be ups and downs in your life but it’s probably been a pretty bad six months for myself, but now it’s about moving forward and getting on with cricket and trying to be a mature adult.
“I’ve probably been a pest in the past but now it’s about maturing and settling down and actually working hard at the game and actually not taking anything for granted.
“Because I know as a young guy the last probably three or four years I probably have taken things for granted and now it’s about trying to be as consistent as I can and trying to be a leader around the group.
“I’m not getting any younger, the age keeps going away from you so hopefully I can leave this game in 10 years as a person to be remembered.”
Compounding matters for Warner is the fact that he is badly out of form with the bat and has been dropped from Australia’s Twenty20 and one-day line-ups.
He managed 138 runs at an average of 23 after returning to the Australian side for the final three Ashes Tests and has posted scores of four and zero for NSW in their first two Ryobi Cup clashes.
Warner revealed he received some home truths from former Test captain Mark Taylor on Wednesday.
Pressed on the nature of the conversation, Warner revealed the general message was to pull his head in and start scoring runs or risk being remembered for the wrong reasons.
“I had a talk with Mark Taylor yesterday and you’re basically remembered for your stats that are brought up on the screen,” Warner said.
“You look at your average and the games that you’ve played and if those two don’t add up then you’re really not going to be remembered.
“And the way that you act and the way that you can lead around the team by example and the role model that you are, that’s how you remember the likes of Mark Taylor, Steve Waugh, Allan Border, Ricky Ponting, there’s a long list there.
“Those guys are so good at what they did that they’re always going to be remembered and everyone will always walk past you down the street and say, ‘you know what mate, you had a great career and we always loved watching you’.
“And that’s the type of person that you want to be remembered for, for what you did on the field and what you do off the field.”