“Never again touring the subcontinent”: Warner opens up about dismal tours to the subcontinent ahead of the tour to India

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Australian cricketer David Warner, who has played 101 Tests, is known for his impressive performances in Australia, but his performances overseas have drawn criticism, particularly in the Indian subcontinent.

His average in Tests away from home is 32.78, as compared to 58.39 at home, and he has notably struggled in India. His highest score in India is 71 and he averages 24.25 in the country. He has scored 19 centuries at home, and six away from home, but has not managed to achieve this milestone in India.

In the second season of the Amazon Prime Video series, “The Test,” which documents team Australia’s journey, Warner opened up about his struggles and admitted to keeping a journal.

He revealed that he looked back on an entry from his journal during the first two Test matches of the now-famous “Sandpapergate” series in South Africa, which had resulted in him being banned.

He said in the video, “Some good memories and some not-so-good memories. It’s got a lot of good positive affirmations that I stand by every day.”

However, camera snaps of the journal reveal that some of the entries were less intellectual. One entry, dated August 27, 2017, read: “I am done. 1 game to go and never again touring the subcontinent. Too much stress on my mind that I don’t need.”

Warner also referred to his memories of the 2016 tour of Sri Lanka as “fking st,” and saw it as another example of his difficulties playing Test teams in the subcontinent.

He recalled, “Memories were horrible. I was getting beaten both sides of the bat with the spinning ball.”