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David Warner



Personal information

Full name David Andrew Warner
Born 27 October 1986 
Paddington, Sydney, Australia
Batting Left-handed
Bowling Right arm Leg-break
Role Opening Batsman

International information

National side Australia (2009–present)
Test debut (Cap 426) 2 March 2013 v India
Last Test 16 December 2021 v England
ODI debut (Cap 170) 18 January 2009 v South Africa
Last ODI 29 November 2020 v India
ODI shirt no. 31
T20I debut (Cap 32) 11 January 2009 v South Africa
Last T20I 14 November 2021 v New Zealand
T20I shirt no. 31

David Andrew Warner (born 27 October 1986) is an Australian international cricketer and a former captain of the Australian national team. A left-handed opening batsman, Warner is the first Australian cricketer in 132 years to be selected for a national team in any format without experience in first-class cricket. He plays for New South Wales and the Sydney Thunder in domestic cricket. He served as the Australian vice-captain across Test and ODI formats of the game between 2015 and 2018. 

In January 2017, he became the fourth player to win the Allan Border Medal more than once and also win the award in consecutive years. On 28 September 2017, he played in his 100th ODI and became the first batsman for Australia and 8th batsman overall to score a century in his 100th ODI.

In March 2018, following a preliminary investigation into ball tampering by the Australian team in the third match of their Test series against South Africa, he was suspended, charged with bringing the game into disrepute. Following a board meeting on 28 March 2018, Cricket Australia banned Warner from all international and domestic cricket in Australia for one year, and from any leadership positions permanently. 

In November 2019, Warner scored the second-highest individual score by any Australian Test batsman with 335 not out against Pakistan.

Early life

David Warner was born on 27 October 1986 in Paddington, a suburb in eastern Sydney. At the age of 13 he was asked by his coach to switch to right-handed batting because he kept hitting the ball in the air. However his mother, Sheila Warner (née Orange), encouraged him to return to batting left-handed and he broke the under-16’s run-scoring record for the Sydney Coastal Cricket Club. He then made his first grade debut for the Eastern Suburbs club at the age of 15 and later toured Sri Lanka with the Australian under-19s and earned a rookie contract with the state team. Warner attended Matraville Public School and Randwick Boys High School.

Domestic career

On 29 November 2008, Warner hit his first domestic One Day century for New South Wales with a score of 165* against Tasmania at Hurstville Oval in Sydney. This knock got him the record of the highest one day score by a Blues player. In the reverse fixture at Hobart, he backed it up with a 54-ball 97 to narrowly miss the record for the fastest ever century in Australian domestic cricket. 

Warner made his first-class debut playing for New South Wales against Western Australia in the final match of the 2008–09 Sheffield Shield season at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 5–8 March 2009. Batting only once and coming in at number six in the batting order, Warner scored 42 runs off 48 deliveries. 

While playing for New South Wales, Warner broke the record for the highest Australian one-day domestic score. His score of 197 came off just 141 balls and included 20 fours and 10 sixes, surpassing Jimmy Maher’s previous record of 187. 

  • KFC Big Bash and Big Bash League

Warner made a record in KFC Twenty20 Big Bash by completing his half century in 18 balls against Tasmania. The earlier record was held by George Bailey, who completed his half century in 19 balls. 

In the first season of the newly re-vamped Big Bash League, Warner was named as captain for the Sydney Thunder and in his first match for the Thunder scored 102 not out off just 51 balls with a strike rate of 200 runs per 100 balls. Warner played for Sydney Sixers in 2012–13 season. 

  • English County Cricket 2009

Warner has played for English County Champions Durham for the English cricket domestic season.

  • Indian Premier League

Warner has been one of the most successful batsmen in the Indian Premier League. He has won the Orange Cap three times and has scored over 5000 runs.

  • 2009–2013

Warner was signed by Delhi Daredevils for the 2009–10 seasons. During the 2009 tournament which was played in South Africa, Warner played seven games, scoring 163 runs at an average of 23.28 and with a strike-rate of 123.48. His top score was 51. 

On 7 October 2011, Warner became the first cricketer to score consecutive Twenty20 hundreds, when he followed up an unbeaten 135 against Chennai Super Kings with an unbeaten 123 against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Both matches were in the Champions League. 

  • 2014–2018

Following the 2014 IPL auction, he was contracted by Sunrisers Hyderabad for US$880,000. In 2015, he was appointed captain of the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Warner ended the season as the tournament’s leading run scorer, rewarding him with the Orange cap, although SRH narrowly missed out on reaching the knock-out phase. 

He was chosen to continue leading the team for a second season in 2016, in which he led the team to its first championship with 69 runs off 38 balls in the final against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Warner finished the season with 848 runs, the second highest in the tournament.

In 2017, Warner scored 126 runs against the Kolkata Knight Riders to break his previous career high of 109*. This also marked his third century in the IPL. He finished the season as the leading run scorer, and was awarded with the Orange cap for the second time. He finished the season with 641 runs and at an average of 58.27. 

For the 2018 IPL season, Warner was retained and appointed captain by Sunrisers Hyderabad, but he stepped down as captain following the events of ball tampering in South Africa. The BCCI later announced that Warner would not be allowed to play in the 2018 IPL season. 

  • 2019–present

For the 2019 IPL season, Warner returned to Sunrisers Hyderabad. In his first match after the one-year ban he scored 85 runs off 53 balls against Kolkata Knight Riders but ended up on the losing side. Two days later, Warner scored 100* runs off 55 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore in a 118 run victory which was his fourth IPL century. He finished the season as the leading run scorer with 692 runs at an average of 69.20, and was awarded with the Orange Cap for the third time. He left the team early after playing 12 matches due to Australia’s World Cup preparations. 

On 27 February 2020, Warner was reinstated as captain of the Sunrisers Hyderabad replacing Kane Williamson. On 18 October, Warner became the first overseas player and fourth overall to complete 5000 runs in the IPL after scoring 47* off 33 balls in a super over loss against Kolkata Knight Riders, he also became the fastest player to 5000 runs achieving the milestone in 135 innings. He finished the tournament with 548 runs and narrowly missed out on reaching the finals after a defeat against Delhi Capitals in the second qualifier. 

In the 2021 IPL season, on 1 May 2021, Warner was replaced by Kane Williamson as captain after Sunrisers Hyderabad managed to win only one out of their first six matches. In the second leg of the tournament in UAE, Warner was dropped from the team after two matches. He later commented on social media platform Instagram that he would no long be part of the team for the remainder of the season. 

  • Other T20 franchise cricket

He contracted with Sylhet Sixers for the 2019 edition of Bangladesh Premier League. On 3 June 2018, he was selected to play for the Winnipeg Hawks in the players’ draft for the inaugural edition of the Global T20 Canada tournament, then on 5 July 2018 it was announced that he would be the captain to replace Dwayne Bravo due to injury.

International career

  • Debut year

Warner made his international debut for Australia in a Twenty20 International against South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 11 January 2009. Warner was the first man since 1877 to represent Australia without having played in a first-class match. He made an immediate impact, scoring 89 off 43 balls with 7 fours and 6 sixes, including the then second-fastest fifty in Twenty20 International history. His 89 was the second highest score on Twenty20 international debut. 

He made his Test debut on 1 December 2011 against New Zealand at Brisbane, Queensland in the first Test of the Trans-Tasman Trophy due to an injury to Shane Watson. He made three runs in the first innings. In the second innings he scored 12 not out off four balls, scoring the winning runs with a pull shot through mid on.

On 23 February 2010, playing a Twenty20 international against the West Indies at the Sydney Cricket Ground, he made 67 off just 29 balls. His 50 came in just 18 balls, breaking his old record of 19. 

  • Records and achievements

Warner was the first Australian cricketer in 132 years to be selected for a national team in any format without experience in first-class cricket. He is the fourth player to win the Allan Border Medal more than once and also win the award in consecutive years. He is the first Australian batsman to score 7 ODI centuries in a calendar year. 

Warner and Shane Watson have been the most successful opening pair in T20I history with 1108 runs (highest overall partnership runs by openers in T20Is). They are also the only opening pairs to have scored over 1000 runs in T20Is. Both Warner and Watson as pairs scored 1154 runs in T20I history, the most by any pair in T20I history. Warner is the first Australian and sixth overall to reach 1,500 T20I runs. 

Warner also became the first batsman to ever score three centuries at The WACA, with his top 2 scores in Tests both achieved in the same stadium. His top score of 253 was also the second-highest individual score to be surpassed by an opposition batsman in the same Test match, which was surpassed during Ross Taylor’s knock of 290. 

On 7 November 2015, Warner became only the third batsman in history of Test cricket to score centuries in both innings of a Test match thrice, after Sunil Gavaskar and Ricky Ponting. In the very next Test match against New Zealand, he scored his maiden Test double century at the WACA, Perth, his fourth consecutive century against New Zealand. 

In that same match, Warner also became the second opener in Test cricket history, after India’s Sunil Gavaskar, to score three consecutive Test hundreds twice in his career, and the only Australian since Adam Gilchrist to score three consecutive hundreds (a feat Warner had done twice in just 13 months), while completing his 4,000 Test career runs as the 4th fastest Aussie batsman, the top three being the legendary Don Bradman, Matthew Hayden and Neil Harvey respectively. 

On 3 January 2017, while playing against Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground, he became only the fifth cricketer to score a century before lunch on the first day of a Test match, after Victor Trumper, Charlie Macartney, Don Bradman and Majid Khan. Of the five, he was the first to do so in Australia. 

In Australia’s second innings, with the team in need of quick runs, Warner clobbered a half century in a rapid 23 deliveries, making it the second fastest Test fifty of all time and the fastest by an Australian in the format. In the scheduled five ODIs against Pakistan, Warner progressed in a slow start but made two centuries in the final two ODIs at Sydney and Adelaide. At the 2017 Allan Border Awards, he was awarded Australia’s ODI Player of the year and the elusive AB Medal. 

His two centuries made him man of the series and in the following days, he ascended to the top of the ICC ODI Player Batting Rankings – marking his ascent to the top of ODI rankings his first. 

He was later rested for the Chappell–Hadlee Trophy series in New Zealand, joining the second group of players in Dubai in preparation for a four-test series in India. 

On 6 September 2017, while playing against Bangladesh at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong, he became the sixth Australian player to score back-to-back test hundreds in Asia after Allan Border, Bob Simpson, Damien Martyn, Michael Hussey and Michael Clarke. 

On 28 September 2017 he played in his 100th ODI and became the first batsman for Australia and 8th batsman overall to score a century in his 100th ODI after Gordon Greenidge, Chris Cairns, Mohammad Yousuf, Kumar Sangakkara, Chris Gayle, Marcus Trescothick and Ramnaresh Sarwan. On 27 December 2017, Warner scored a century in MCG during 2017–18 Ashes series, and on 5 January 2018, his 3rd consecutive half-century in the SCG. On 27 October 2019, he scored his maiden T20I century, becoming the third Aussie to score centuries in all three formats of the game. On 30 November 2019, Warner became the first batsman to score a triple century at Adelaide Oval with a score of 335* against Pakistan. He was the seventh Australian batsman to score a triple century, and the fourth to do so at an Australian ground. This score saw Warner surpass Sir Donald Bradman (334) and Mark Taylor (334*) to hold the second highest Test score by an Australian batsman, behind only Matthew Hayden.

International centuries

As of January 2020, Warner has scored 24 Test centuries, 18 ODI centuries and one T20I century.


  • ICC Test Team of the Year: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • ICC ODI Team of the Year: 2016, 2017
  • ICC Test Team of the Decade: 2011–202
  • ICC ODI Team of the Decade: 2011–2020
  • Allan Border Medal: 2016, 2017, 2020
  • Australian Test Player of the Year: 2016
  • Australian One Day International Player of the Year: 2017, 2018
  • Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year: 2012
  • Indian Premier League Orange Cap: 2015, 2017, 2019
  • ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Player of the Tournament: 2021

Personal life

Warner married Australian former Ironwoman Candice Falzon in April 2015. They have three daughters. Warner was named Australian Sports Dad of the Year in 2016. Warner, one among ten nominees for the award, got to choose a charity to which $10,000 would be donated. Warner lives in Maroubra, Sydney. 




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