Just a month away from returning to the international scene after a 12-month ban for the ball-tampering event in Cape Town during a Test against South Africa in March 2018, Australia opener David Warner is reportedly still not on speaking terms with some of his teammates.
The ball tampering incident in Cape Town, that shook Australian cricket to its core, saw former Australia skipper Steve Smith, his former deputy Warner and Cameron Bancroft hit with heavy bans.
According to a report in Australian newspaper The Age, Warner's relationship with some of his teammates took a turn for the worse after the incident. The report claimed that the left-hander is still not on speaking terms with some members of the Australian bowling group as a result of his actions.
Soon after the incident, senior Australian cricket writer Robert Craddock of News Corp reported that Warner had left the team's WhatsApp group after a report had suggested the team's fast bowling unit suspected Warner masterminded the incident and those wounds are yet to heal.
WARNER'S NO TO 100K BOOK DEAL
Meanwhile, Warner's manager James Erskine is also reported by The Age to have said that the opener has rejected offers worth more than 100,000 Australian dollars from both TV networks and book publishers to reveal what really happened in the Cape Town dressing room during the spiteful series. He said it is not in Warner's best interest to tell his story right now, just a month out from his potential return to the Aussie team.
Warner will be available for selection in the middle of Australia's tour of UAE for a five-match ODI series against Pakistan, scheduled to begin from March 22.