Australian top order batsman David Warner is just 31 and has a fair bit of cricket still left in him before he decides to retire. However, he has already pre-planned a career after he retires from cricket. He has expressed his desire to join politics post-retirement in an attempt to bring a change and do something good.
“After cricket, I wouldn’t mind doing something,” Warner said in The Final Word podcast. Warner recently led Australia to a victorious T20 tri-series campaign including England and New Zealand as well. Apart from leading Australia to Trans-Tasman T20 Tri-Series title in the absence of regular captain Steve Smith just a week ago, he also played an influential role in resolving the pay dispute between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association a few months back.
“I just like having responsibility and if there is anything that I can do to help anyone, whether it is here at the cricket or even if it is down at the beach or something. If it is something that I can help with and someone needs help, then it is something I’ll be hand up for. That’s just the person that I am,” he said.
“One thing that has been embedded in me since a young age is that I grew up in a housing commission. As a kid, I had to do everything at home with my brother just because my parents worked all the time. So whether it was dishes, ironing - all the normal things you do at home."
“Once I was able to go and work, I went and worked because we needed that money coming in to pay the bills. Me and my brother both paid a bit of rent when we were younger and I just liked looking out for anyone who (was) close to me" said Warner regarding his upbringing which taught him to care for everyone.
He concluded the podcast speaking about his role in resolving the pay dispute controversy just before the 2017 - 18 Ashes.
“During the dispute, it was a tough situation, you had your employers who were going up against our union and the players. So, I thought I needed to have a stance somewhere because at the end of the day, I want to play cricket for my country but for us to get a result or something in the middle - a happy medium - we had to fight for that. I am a believer in what I believe in. So, that was our belief, to get what we wanted" concluded Warner.