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David Warner reappointed Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper for IPL 2020
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David Warner reappointed Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper for IPL 2020

David Warner has been reinstated as the Sunrisers Hyderabad captain for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League after he was initially removed from the leadership post in the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal.

Warner takes back the reins from incumbent New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, who led Hyderabad in the previous two seasons.

The Aussie opener was barred from participation in the 2018 edition of the lucrative T20 league over his involvement in the 'Sandpapergate' controversy that erupted during the Cape Town Test against South Africa.

Warner and Steve Smith, who plays for Rajasthan Royals, stepped down from their respective captaincy roles in the IPL.

In the belligerent southpaw's absence, Williamson captained Sunrisers to the IPL final in 2018 where they were defeated by the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings.

Warner returned in the subsequent season to top the batting chart with 692 runs including eight fifties and a century in 12 innings.

"I'm extremely grateful for the opportunity once again to lead the team," Warner was quoted as saying in a video posted by the IPL club on Twitter.

"I am sure I will be doing my very, very best to try and lift the IPL trophy coming this year," he added.

Hyderabad succeeded under Warner's leadership in the past when they earned their sole IPL title in 2016.

His two-year stint as the Sunrisers skipper saw his team prevail in 26 out of 45 games.

Warner will be pairing up with new head coach Trevor Bayliss in the Hyderabad camp as they hope to lift their fortunes from the fourth-place finish last year.