Australian opener David Warner has hailed his wife for taking care of their kids all alone while he has been away for longer periods due to bio-bubble protocols.
Ever since the resumption of international cricket post COVID-19 hiatus, the players have been forced to stay in bio-bubbles, where their life is restricted to hotels and stadiums. Families are not permitted on all tours due to various restrictions.
Praising his better half Candice for managing an extremely challenging situation, Warner said she "deserves the biggest medal you can ever give".
“Managing three kids at home, I can’t put myself in my wife’s shoes. This is coming up to 29 weeks, I have been away from my girls this last month 12 months. 29 weeks with 3 children, my wife deserves the biggest medal you can ever give because that is difficult,” Warner stated on the chat show Backstage with Boria.
The 35-year-old admitted that it hurts to stay away from family for such long periods and called his wife a ‘very brave lady’.
“I’ve been on FaceTime, kids going crazy, end of the day after school. Kids are kids, they don’t understand. For me, it hurts to see the kids like that because my wife is a very brave lady. I would never ever complain. I know exactly at times where it is getting tough.
"It’s hard, they can’t travel outside of Australia. They have been away from school for the last six to eight months. To take them out for two weeks to come into isolation into a bubble, that’s mentally not for them. They can’t do that. So I’ve got to see an extra couple of weeks to see my family,” the southpaw added.
David Warner also spoke about his family’s love for India, saying it’s the favorite part of their calendar.
“My family loves India. They love coming there, it’s the favorite part of their calendar - what are we doing in the winter in Australia? We are going to India to watch the IPL. We are going to support dad. We are going to get among everyone.”
“My kids absolutely love going on tuk-tuks. They love going to Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad. That’s a special part of me that I get to show, experience my wife and my daughters. That’s been the hardest part about the bubble. Not sharing these times with them,” he said.
Recently, Warner’s eight-year long association with the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) came to an end as the franchise didn’t retain him ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction.
The left-hander is currently plying his trade in the home Ashes series, in which the Aussies have already taken an unassailable 3-0 lead.