If history is anything to go by, Australian batsman David Warner’s performances on the cricket field tend to get better after the birth of his children. As pointed out by cricket.com.au, it’s already happened twice before and now the question is if he will he be third time lucky? South Africa beware!
After his first child Ivy Mae was born in 2014, he strung together a number of impressive knocks - culminating in a century in his first Test match that followed. In 2016 when Indi Rae was born, he hit scores of 93 and 122 for Australia in the next two ODIs.
"Hopefully some more success can follow after his third," teammate Glenn Maxwell said.
Australia take on South Africa in their final league stage game on Saturday (July 6) in Manchester, and Warner rejoined the squad on Wednesday after the birth of his third daughter. Warner will join practice on Thursday.
View this post on InstagramWe welcomed our newest family member Isla Rose Warner at 10:30pm late last night. @candywarner1 was absolutely amazing. Mum and Bub doing very well and her big sisters are over the moon. #prouddadA post shared by David Warner (@davidwarner31) on Jul 1, 2019 at 2:22am PDT
We welcomed our newest family member Isla Rose Warner at 10:30pm late last night. @candywarner1 was absolutely amazing. Mum and Bub doing very well and her big sisters are over the moon. #prouddad
A post shared by David Warner (@davidwarner31) on Jul 1, 2019 at 2:22am PDT
Warner is already in good form having scored 516 runs from 8 games at the 2019 World Cup yet.
What’s also interesting is that Warner is a hard trainer, but also well known to not train on the eve of the match, while the likes of Steve Smith and Aaron Finch spend hours in the nets.
A win for Australia against the struggling Proteas would mean they will in all likelihood set-up a semi-final clash with New Zealand, unless Pakistan do the impossible against Bangladesh and qualify for the semis.
A loss, however, could mean a far more difficult path for Australia, assuming India beat Sri Lanka.