Hayden: Warner must accept rules, score runs

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Former Australia batsman Matthew Hayden has urged David Warner to accept that the dressing room is no place for trouble-making, and keep to the stricter rules and score runs in order to get his place back in the side.

Former Australia batsman Matthew Hayden has urged David Warner to accept that the dressing room is no place for trouble-making, and keep to the stricter rules and score runs in order to get his place back in the side.

Warner was dropped for the first two matches of the Ashes in England due to ill discipline during the Champions Trophy, and then failed to score the runs required to keep him in the ODI side, while also getting into further scrapes.

Three centuries in October for New South Wales put Warner right back into the Ashes frame though, and as long as he stays out of trouble off the field (he's apparently retired his Twitter account) he could be back in the action.

Hayden said: "The culture demands excellence on and off the field. There's been a few instances that haven't been desirable and I don't think he would shy away from that.

"His commodity is runs but he's got to also put together a personality which is consistent with the culture, which maintains a really good discipline. And if you don't want to do that, that's fine.

"But I hope he can do that because he's a great talent. Time will tell if he wants it. David Warner has got a lot to prove right now. He's got to make a substantial amount of runs for a long period of time."

Haydos then added that Warner had to focus on scoring his own runs, and not worry about Phil Hughes and Aaron Finch's performances, with both doing well against India in the ODI series.

He added: "It could easily be David Warner playing right now. But at the moment, it's Finch and Hughes getting runs. [Warner] has just got to do his job and let his bat do the talking and keep piling on the runs."

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