The Courier-Mail

WE BATHE TO DIFFER

MOI? A DISTRACTIO­N?

- BEN HORNE

AUSSIE cricketer David Warner has slammed suggestion­s WAGS are a distractio­n on tour, with his stunning wife Candice Falzon insisting they actually “improve the boys”.

“Glamazon” Falzon said that the wives and girlfriend­s do their utmost to help prepare players for Test matches.

“If (David) needs extra fitness, I’m there. After training, I make sure the bath’s running,” she told Triple M’s The Grill Team.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s the off-season – when he had a little injury, I was in the pool with him swimming laps. I make sure David is ready to go. When the game’s there, he’s ready to go 100 per cent every time.”

Former great Ian Healy sparked the whole debate by suggesting an Ashes tour – with all its added pressures and expectatio­ns – may be compromise­d by the WAGS distractin­g some players.

Warner suggested Healy was forgetting the fact England is one of the few cricketing nations compatible with bringing families along.

He said travelling with Falzon and baby daughter Ivy Mae had given his life on the road perspectiv­e and grounding.

“I don’t know where that (WAGS criticism) has come from,” he said. “My take is, I love having my family on tour. I think everyone out there knows that when you go to work on a day-to-day basis, when you come home to your family it’s a great thing and that always keeps me smiling.”

Warner – the most transforme­d man in Australian cricket and on the verge of being named Test vice-captain – said the conglomera­te of Aussie players and their families was no different to any other functional working environmen­t, where people were not necessaril­y best mates but strived to work towards a common goal.

“Not everyone is going to see eye-to-eye on a long tour,” said Warner, who insists personalit­y clashes do not translate to there being rifts in the team. “You’re not going to get along with everyone, so you’ve just got to work out a way to make sure that does not disrupt anything going forward. “And in our camp at the moment, there’s nothing there that’s been disruptive.” Former ironwoman Falzon said “the most important thing is the boys”. “It’s about getting them ready, getting them on the field and making sure they’re 100 per cent ready to go,” she told the radio station. “There’s a lot of things we do behind the scenes that people don’t know that help get the boys on the field and make sure they’re in a good mental space.”

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