David Warner will commentate during Australia’s 5-ODI series in England, starting June 13. Warner, banned from the Australian team for 12 months (and from a leadership role for 24 months) for playing a part in the ball-tampering incident, will commentate for Channel Nine. “Dave is the best one-day and T20 batsman of the past decade so he’s perfectly placed to join our coverage for the UK series,” Channel Nine Director of Sport Tom Malone was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo. “People have tried to paint Dave as the villain in all this, but he’s been hurting as much as the others. We’ve had a professional relationship with Dave for five years now. We’ve always found him to be a pretty normal and humble bloke. He just wants to atone for his mistakes and move on. I hope Australia gives all of them that chance.”
The series will be Australia’s first under the new leadership of Tim Paine and coach Justin Langer. Warner will join the commentary panel for the second game of the 5-match ODI series in Cardiff on June 16. Later in the summer, he will also turn out for Winnipeg Hawks in Global T20 Canada. After commentating in UK, the dashing southpaw will join his banned teammate Steven Smith at the inaugural season of the Global T20 Canada tournament, starting June 28.
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