SRH skipper Kane Williamson: David Warner is not a bad guy by any means

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SRH skipper Kane Williamson: David Warner is not a bad guy by any means

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Sunrisers Hyderabad's new skipper Kane Williamson has come out in support of disgraced Australian batsman David Warner who has been given a 12-month ban for the whole ‘Sandpapergate’ incident in the Newlands Test. Williamson has also added that Warner will have to learn from his mistake and move on.

One of the darkest weeks in the Australian cricket seems to have ended as Cricket Australia handed out 12-month bans to skipper Steven Smith and vice-captain David Warner, while youngster Cameron Bancroft was handed a 9-month ban by Australian authorities. Only time will tell how the trio will be integrated back into the national setup and if they are ever forgiven by cricket-lovers the world over.

However, newly appointed Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Kane Williamson has voiced his support for former teammate David Warner who was heralded as the mastermind behind the whole ball-tampering incident. Williamson has said that Warner is not a bad guy by any means, he was just someone who made a mistake.

“He’s not a bad person by any means. Through what’s eventuated in recent times, there’s been a lot of emotion and energy pointed at certain players which has gone to extreme lengths,” Williamson said in a press conference ahead of the Kiwis Test match against England.

“It will blow over in time, but it’s grown and grown and, like I say, he’s not a bad guy. He’s made a mistake and certainly admitted that and they are disappointed with that action." 

Williamson who was recently appointed the captain of IPL outfit Sunrisers Hyderabad, after Warner and Smith were banned from this edition of the tournament, suggested that it was important for the left-handed opener to learn from his mistake and move on.

“Warner and Smith will have to take the strong punishment and move on. You always learn from tough lessons and I’m sure they’ll do that. But it is a shame that two fantastic, world-class players have made a mistake,” added Williamson.

The Kiwis have been regarded as one of the most sporting teams in the recent decade and are rarely involved in such controversies. Williamson was quick to point out that the Black Caps make a conscious effort to uphold the values and ethics of the sport of cricket every time they step onto the pitch.

“For us, it’s about how we want to play the game, that’s important to us. It’s been part of our environment for some time and we want to maintain that,”

“We believe it suits us as people and so we want to commit to that, play as hard and well as we can on the park, but at the end of the day the game finishes and you’re still people. That’s what we like to try and hang our hat on,” Williamson added.

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