David Warner believes the contentment he has found off-field and the dignity and maturity he has been showing on it put forward a strong case for him to be elevated to the role of Test vice-captain under the man tipped to take over the leadership, Steve Smith.
“I had my first captain experience in the IPL this year,” Warner said today about his tenure leading Sunrisers Hyderabad to the cusp of the IPL semi-finals with a team that included Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan, South African speedster Dale Steyn and Australian allrounder Moises Henriques.
“I felt like I had the team going in the right direction and I got some great feedback from the coaching staff and guys like (former India Test batsman) VVS Laxman and Murali (Sri Lanka’s record-breaking spin bowler Muthiah Muralidaran) as well, so it was pleasing to hear that.
“And being captained by (New South Wales teammate) Moises Henriques as well – he came up to me saying I did a great job, which is always a great thing to hear.
“Definitely if the opportunity (to be vice-captain) arises I’d love to take that, but obviously at the end of the day I’ve got to do my job for the team, which is to score runs.”
Indeed, it’s been Warner’s remarkable recent stint as a Test opener that would have him under consideration for the job given that – if, as expected, there is a wholesale regeneration of the Test team following the Ashes disaster – he is now one of the most experienced and accomplished members.