David Warner lowering the standard of Australian team and board: Stuart Clark
The manner in which the Australia vice-captain has carried himself in recent times has brought him a bevy of haters.
Updated - Mar 9, 2018 11:45 am
Australia vice-captain David Warner was fined 75% of his match fees and was handed 3 demerit points after he got involved in a heated argument with South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton De Kock. Warner in a leaked video was seen hurling mouthfuls to the South African while going in his dressing room after the tea session of the first Test. De Kock too was fined 25% of his match fees and was given 1 demerit point.
Former Australia pacer, Stuart Clark feels that If the left-hander gets involved in something like this anymore and If he gets another demerit point, eventually a ban, he might well lose his job of vice-captain of the side. While speaking with Fox Sports News, Clark said that it will be tough for him to continue handing that responsibility If he gets suspended. “I imagine it will be very hard for him to keep his job as vice-captain if he gets suspended,” said the former bowler.
Lowering the standard of the team and board
Clark was of the thought that by his bad and aggressive behavior, the left-hander is lowering the standards set by the board. He hoped that Warner remains cool in the next games. “He’s also lowering the standard of the cricket team and the standard the Australian cricket board set for the Australian cricket team. For David’s sake, I hope he can keep his cool and they don’t have to have that discussion,” added 42-year-old Clark.
Clark felt that there’s nothing wrong in playing the game with passion and aggression but with just one demerit point away from suspension, Warner should try not to cross the line. “We (Australia) want you to play hard aggressive cricket, we want you to take on the South Africans, we want you to be the leader of the intensity and the commitment and for want of a better term, the attack dog. “But there’s also a line and you can’t cross it because you’re now right on the edge and you’re looking over the edge,” he said.
Australians are set to take the South Africans in the second Test of the series which stars today at Port Elizabeth. Australia leads the series after a thumping victory over the hosts in the first match. However, when the teams go out in the middle, the aggression will be immense, there could be sledging, there could be bouncers bowled to blow the heads of the opponents. Let’s hope the gentleman’s game doesn’t see anything of the sort which happened during the first Test.