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David Warner Silences Critics With A Savage Reply After Slow Innings Vs Oman In T20 WC 2024

David Warner during his time vs OMAN [x.com]David Warner during his time vs OMAN [x.com]

David Warner’s crucial half-century in Australia’s T20 World Cup opener against Oman was not a statement to his critics but a testament to his enduring class.

The veteran opener, who will retire from international cricket at the end of this tournament, has faced intense scrutiny due to a recent slump in form and a hand injury. In his absence, young talent Jake Fraser-McGurk shone brightly, leading some to call for Warner’s replacement.

However, Warner’s experience and skill were on full display as he scored 56 off 51 balls on a challenging Barbados pitch, leading Australia to a comfortable victory. This innings made him Australia's all-time leading run-scorer in T20 internationals, surpassing Aaron Finch.

Warner Response To The Critics

David Warner expressed bewilderment at the constant criticism, saying it does not affect him.

"It doesn’t fuel me. It’s in one ear and out the other," Warner stated. "I don’t understand why it’s always about myself. There are 11 players in the team. I don’t get it. I just go out there and score runs."

Despite not having an impactful IPL 2024 and failing to shine in the tournament, Warner's performance in the T20 World Cup showcases his ability to rise to the occasion.

He further added, "People think they have to keep criticizing the way that I play. I don’t know what it is. Honestly, I have no answers as to why people are like that. I’ve had it my whole career. I don’t look at it. I don’t listen to it and when you’re all the way around the world, you don’t need to see it. As long as I’m contributing to the team and I’m putting us in the best position possible, I’ll just keep trying my best."

Warner’s familiarity with the tricky Caribbean pitches, having played in the CPL, proved invaluable. 

"I’m not shocked. I’ve played CPL here in 2018. I’ve played a lot of cricket over here. They’re (slow wickets) all the same," he said.

Looking ahead David Warner and his team Australia will be seen in action against England on June 8 at Kensington Oval, Barbados.