Sydney - Troubled opener David Warner admits he's been a "pest in the past"
but says he's taken some advice from former Test captain Mark Taylor in
an effort to turn his career around.
The Australian batsman was
given a one-match suspended ban for failing to show up for the second
day of a Sydney grade game as directed on the weekend. He said his
absence was due to a "misunderstanding."
He was also fined for a
Twitter rant against a respected cricket writer in May before an
altercation with England opener Joe Root in a Birmingham pub in June
cost him his place in the Champions Trophy squad and two Ashes Test
"I've probably been a pest in the past but now it's about
maturing and settling down and actually working hard at the game,"
Warner told Sky Sports Radio on Thursday. "I know as a young guy the
last probably three or four years I probably have taken things for
"I'm not getting any younger. The age keeps going away
from you so hopefully I can leave this game in 10 years as a person to
Warner, who will turn 27 later this month, said
Taylor - a former Australia skipper who now works as a TV commentator -
helped remind him that his actions off the field can leave an indelible
"The way that you act and the way that you can lead around
the team by example and the role model that you are, that's how you get
remembered. The likes of Mark Taylor, Steve Waugh, Allan Border, Ricky
Ponting, there's a long list there," said Warner, who has scored three
centuries in 22 Tests. "Those guys are so good at what they did that
they're always going to be remembered and everyone will always walk past
you down the street and say, 'you know what mate, you had a great
career and we really loved watching you'.
"And that's the type of person that you want to be remembered for."