Did you know David Warner used to be a fast bowling all-rounder?
Of all the things that you would associate with David Warner – an erstwhile boxer, a WWE Superstar and a school teacher included – a fast bowling all-rounder perhaps features last in the list. The Paddington-born 35-year old has gone through a few ups and downs in his career, particularly off late with his tiff with his now-former IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Meanwhile, a dip in form and his pattern of dismissals against Stuart Broad in the 2019 Ashes series making it to general cricket fans rather spectacularly played its part in tarnishing Warner’s image, if the sandpapergate itself hadn’t done so by itself.
However, the TikTok version of Warner has pulled back the fan following and the public face-off with the Hyderabad franchise has won him over more fans. As though that were not enough, David Warner showed up a more likeable version of himself in a recent Fox Cricket interview ahead of day two of the fourth Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
In an onground interview amidst the Aussies practicing, the presenter was seen asking Warner about his history with Usman Khawaja, an old-time friend of Warner. Even as Jhye Richardson steamed past the duo, Warner threw a spanner in the works by recalling his and Khawaja’s history as fast bowling all-rounders.
Anchor: “Usman [Usman Khawaja] is here at the moment. You started playing cricket with him at what age?”
Warner: “About..we were mates from younger age, probably six-seven years of age. Our brothers used to play cricket together and we so happened to be playing cricket together about the age of 14.”
Anchor: “Was Usman Khawaja a star?”
Warner: “Yeah, definitely. At that stage, we were both all-rounders…fast bowling all-rounders back then.”
Watch the whole interaction with David Warner here
Wait… David Warner was a fast bowler?
— Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) January 5, 2022
Anchor: “You were a fast bowler?”
Warner: “Sorry, was”
Anchor: “Didn’t quite get the height?”
Warner: “No, there was no height involvedSkiddy, we got on the turf and got found out. He was always a good player, always had this class about him. Exactly how you see him now is exactly how he played that time.”
Warner, as we know now, is a leg-spinning all-rounder (oh, wait)…a left-handed opener who bowls part-time spin..or mostly just the first part. He has four Test wickets (two more at first-class level) and has bowled 348 balls in international cricket as a leg-spinner.