David Warner (above) raises his helmet in tribute to Phil Hughes © Getty Images
David Warner (above) raises his helmet in tribute to Phil Hughes, during the first Test against India © Getty Images

Dec 14, 2014

In the first Test that concluded in Australia’s favour, David Warner scored two match-defining centuries to help his side beat India. However, it emerges, that the swashbuckling batsman almost didn’t want to return to the cricket pitch after the death of teammate Phillip Hughes.

Warner’s fiance, Candice Falzon, revealed this a column for The Daily Telegraph. She claimed that Warner, who was devastated by the loss of his friend and teammate, Hughes, didn’t have the heart to take to the field in Adelaide but was urged on by their daughter, Ivy Mae Warner to play in the Test.

This week, Ivy Mae Warner has been David’s little blessing. His almost “secret weapon” in the regaining of his focus, strength and confidence as Australia’s opening batsman.” she wrote in her column.

Seemingly, it was the right decision to play the match, as Warner exulted after scoring each of his centuries, reported Daily Mail UK. He was seen leaping in the air in celebration. Candice has herself been a steady support for Warner, both on social media and in the stands too. She tweeted “Congratulations my love on your second century for this match. Ivy and I have never been more proud…we love you” on him reaching his second hundred of the match.

Warner, dedicated both of his centuries to Hughes, by raising his helmet and bat to the skies. He later tweeted in praise of Sean Abbott, “Been a tough week for everyone but this bloke has a genuine heart of gold and has fought hard this week to come back and bowl again.”

Abbott, whose bouncer hit Hughes and caused fatal injury, was heavily supported by his Australian teammates. They applauded the manner in which he had dealt with the tragedy.