Star batsman's fiancee Candice Falzon says 3-month old daughter inspired him to play in Adelaide
Sydney: While Australian batsman David Warner lapped up the accolades he attracted for his two centuries in the recently-concluded opening Test match at the Adelaide, little did his fans realise that the swashbuckling and controversial batsman nearly didn't play the Test.
David Warner's fiancee Candice Falzon celebrates her man's hundred with their daughter Ivy Mae on Day Four of the Adelaide Test against India on December 12. Pic/Getty Images
Warner's fiancee Candice Falzon wrote in her Daily Telegraph column yesterday that she didn't think her man would be up to it to take the field after the death of his mate Phillip Hughes. Warner was on the field as a New South Wales player when he was struck by a Sean Abbott bouncer last month.
Falzon credited three-month old daughter Ivy Mae for getting Warner in the mood to play cricket again. She wrote: "Despite having travelled to Adelaide with the Australian Cricket Team I was not convinced David would play. I never realised what the power of your own child can be. This week, Ivy Mae Warner has been David's little blessing.
His almost "secret weapon" in the regaining of his focus, strength and confidence as Australia's opening batsman. Our little girl has made him laugh in the dark moments, made him feel love when he felt alone and unwittingly we have as a family found our way from the gaping hole that is the loss of a friend into a new place where we can go forward — even if we are forever now a little bit changed."
David Warner with Candice Falzon at Phillip Hughes' funeral service on December 3
She was at the nets in the build-up to the Adelaide Test which Australia won on Saturday despite a strong fight by India.
Proud of David
"I'm immensely proud to have watched David persevere in the batting nets this week, day by day regaining his stride. Ivy and I attended practice and provided as much support as we could, we're not just a family — we're a team and being there for one another through proverbial "thick and thin" is what we are committed to," she added.