Frustrated David Warner almost quit NSW in a bid for Test cap

David Warner cracked a superb unbeaten century in his second Test against New Zealand a fortnight ago Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Melbourne: Dec 26, 2011

David Warner, on Monday, revealed he almost quit New South Wales to join Queensland last year in a bid to make the Australian Test squad.

Widely seen as an expert of the shorter format, Warner showed he had the technique and temperament to succeed in the Test arena with a superb unbeaten century in his second Test against New Zealand a fortnight ago.

A year ago Warner was disillusioned, but reluctant to be seen as a quitter; Warner signed a new three-year deal with the Blues and in his first Sheffield Shield outing this summer hammered 148 from 185 balls against South Australia.

The innings propelled Warner into the Australia A team. Now he is a Test star, having proved beyond doubt his credentials as a first-class cricketer.

“It was a good feeling to win a Test call-up because in the back of my mind I said I wanted to stick it up these blokes and show them what I can do,” Warner was quoted saying in Herald Sun.

“It was such a fine line. If I missed out on playing first-class cricket for NSW this summer, I would have said, ‘Nah, I’m leaving’. I got my opportunity with NSW at the right time and I showed them what I could do.

“I was comfortable living in Sydney and if I went to Queensland it would have taken me a year or two to settle in a new environment. Where I am now, I’m in a good space.”

“I respect my wicket a lot more now,” he said.

“I just backed myself. I knew I had the game to play first-class cricket, whether NSW saw it or not.

“I just had to go out and score runs and I did that in their 2nd XI and grade cricket.”

“Everyone knows him as a big hitter I suppose but I actually think he has a very good technique, he has proven now in a short space of time that he is a bit more than that because he has a good technique to fall back on.

“There is no reason why he can’t be a long form player for a long time.”