David Warner confirmed he’s writing an autobiography revealing controversial aspects, including the ball-tampering scandal, but intends to postpone its release until the current Australian cricketers retire.

Australian batting maestro David Warner is all set to reveal intriguing details in his forthcoming autobiography, delving into the ball-tampering scandal that led to his year-long ban. Despite retiring from Tests and ODIs, Warner remains available for T20Is, eyeing participation in Australia’s upcoming World Cup campaign.

Alongside Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft, Warner faced repercussions after their involvement in the 2018 Newlands Test ball-tampering incident against South Africa. Warner and Smith received 12-month bans, with Bancroft serving nine months. Additionally, Warner was barred from leadership roles in the Australian team.

Speaking with Michael Vaughan and Adam Gilchrist on their Prairie Club Fire podcast, Warner hinted at an upcoming book, anticipating it to be an intriguing read. He also suggested a delay in the book’s release, expressing concerns about potential repercussions on current Australian players due to the revelations he might disclose.

“There’s definitely a book in the pipeline, and I think it will be an interesting read. There’s going to be a lot of things in that book that I think are going to raise some eyebrows. I’ll have to edit a few chapters now, there’s a few more that have been added. It was 1500 pages, now it’s probably 2000,” Warner said.

“It’s something that’s been thought of (discussing Newlands in the book) … it does keep getting brought up, and there’s been a lot of speculation, a lot of comments about it. It’s really important that the Australian cricket team is in a great space, that we’re playing well in all three formats, and I think that’s the upmost priority. My side of the story … that can be told whenever. There are probably some things in the book that are definitely going to be related to 2018, but it’s not potentially going to be around what I know, what others know, because then it just becomes a tit-for-tat – it’s not that kind of story,” he added.

Meanwhile, amidst discussions on his successor in Test cricket, Warner challenged the conventional view of an opener, supporting Steve Smith for the role despite his batting in the middle order. Warner believes Smith possesses the adaptability and drive to excel as an opener, embracing the challenge and demonstrating his skills in any situation.

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Last Updated on January 9, 2024

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