David Warner has been away from alcohol for more than a year now © Getty Images
David Warner has been away from alcohol for more than a year now © Getty Images

Former Australian cricketer Justin Langer, who has been associated with David Warner from the very start of the latter’s career, has heaped praises on Warner saying he has been rewarded for his discipline. Langer was the head coach of Australia during the early days of Warner’s international career when he was nothing but a T20 slogger. When Langer quit in 2012, Warner was just making his mark in Test cricket. Soon after Langer’s exit, Warner was twice into trouble for off-field incidents — one was the Twitter fight with two Australian journalists and the other being the infamous brawl with Joe Root outside a bar in England. Full Cricket Scorecard: Australia vs West Indies, Tri-Nation Series 2016, Match 3 at Guyana

The two incidents happened just after Langer left and before Warner began his relationship with Candice Falzon. Now Langer is back with the Australian national team as their head coach for the Qantas Tour of the West Indies, Warner has gone through a complete transformation. Since the tour of England in 2013, Warner has tasted an Ashes success, an ICC Cricket World Cup triumph, an Indian Premier League trophy as a captain and is a father of two little girls. An impressed Langer has suggested that Warner is an elite athlete now which takes a lot of discipline.

According to cricket.com.au, he added, “He looks so focused at the moment. He’s super fit, you see his running between the wickets. I think he’s been rewarded … for his discipline. He should be really proud of that fact.” READ: David Warner and the Australian domination in IPL

“He’s become a great role model for people, young Australian cricketers (and) cricketers around the world. Because he’s become so fit and disciplined and he’s so consistent. That’s what great players do,” Langer added.

Langer went on to say that he admires the Australian Vice Captain very much, not only on-field but also off-field. “I just admire David Warner so much. Not only with his performances on the field but his actions off the field. He’d probably be one of the first to admit that a few years ago he was pretty hard to manage. He certainly liked to do things his way,” the former Australian cricketer said.