The psychological impact of the one-year ban imposed on him may be as devastating as the actual fact for David Warner.
He found a gig in Canada, but he has appeared clueless with the bat during his stint in the Global T20 Canada League. The Winnipeg Hawks may have felt that they had landed a windfall when Warner agreed to join them, but his figures have been shockingly poor.
Warner has made just 12 runs in five innings and the Hawks might miss the playoffs. They need a win over the Edmonton Royal to make it out of the group stage. If they lose, the Hawks’ fate will rely on the Vancouver Knights beating Toronto Nationals.
What could explain the demise of Warner, generally considered one of the world’s best batsmen? Is he being made to bat with a hockey stick, and a skater’s, not a goalie’s?
If the 12 runs from five innings is not nearly gloomy enough, throw in that his best score in the league has been a 12-ball six recorded against West Indies B.
In his other appearances, he scored one, four, one, and he suffered the infamous golden duck against the Edmonton Royals.
This shocking run of form is barely conceivable and prompted Warner to take to social media to claim he has the desire to turn things around.
“When things are just not going your way, whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come,” Warner wrote.
That is actually sound advice for anyone. Remembering a time when you could do nothing is critical with regard to observing and celebrating progress rather than constantly raising your expectations bar.
“Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome. Love it,” Warner said.
Cricket Australia might be well advised to do the same, based on recent results.