By Taryn Elder
It wasn't so long ago that David Warner was better known for his fiery attitude and off-field misdemeanors, rather than for his unique athletic ability.
The fierce left-handed batsman was famously dropped from the 2013 Australian Ashes team following a late night altercation in a bar with an English rival, however it seems he has now become a household name for all of the right reasons.
He recently picked up his first Allan Border Medal (the most prestigious award in Australian men's cricket) and was also crowned Test Player Of The Year on the very same night, which is a huge achievement for any athlete and cricketer.
Although Warner claims he was surprised to take home both awards, it was his industry peers including players, match officials and members of the media that voted for him.
A sign you might say of a newfound or rediscovered respect for the player who was so close to losing everything on the cricket field, only a short time ago.
In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald last year, Warner admitted that he wasn't exactly in the right headspace to play cricket professionally during 2013.
"Go back two years in my life I probably wasn't heading in the right direction. I was playing cricket for Australia - it's a boyhood dream - but I needed to be put back in my place a little bit," said Warner.
"And since then I think I've turned a lot around. I've got a lot of hundreds and I'm playing a good brand of cricket."
So what created a radical change in Warner’s attitude to the game and the way in which he trains?
His new family.
In recent times David has openly thanked his wife Candice and their two young daughters, Ivy Mae and Indi Rae (both under the age of two) for helping to him gain a new perspective on life and appreciate the game of cricket for what it is.
During his recent Allan Border Medal speech Warner labelled his wife Candice as his “rock” and added, "I probably wouldn't be playing cricket today without you."
A talented athlete and former iron woman, Candice Warner (formerly Falzon) is believed to have helped David focus on maintaining a more well rounded and balanced lifestyle.
Over the past year, the two have been snapped running together along Sydney’s picturesque beachside tracks, and taking their young family to the beach during their downtime.
The family also regularly travels together for David's overseas cricket commitments.
Despite being well known identities in Sydney, David and Candice did not meet by chance at a high profile social event, nor were they set up by mutual high profile friends.
The two first connected over Twitter (all hail Twitter).
“I was away in England for the Ashes and I got another message from Candice after I was involved in an incident,” David told New Idea magazine.
“She said, “Just letting you know I am thinking of you and I know how hard it can be being away from home.”
“Then we just started texting and Skyping. It was bizarre.”
The whirlwind romance swept both of them off their feet, and it wasn’t long before they announced the birth of their first daughter Ivy Mae in 2014, with the couple eventually saying I do at a lavish ceremony in the New South Wales coastal town of Nowra not long after.
Then along came baby number two, Indi Rae (born in January this year), and now the Warners are one of the most adorable young families in Australian cricket.
Both David and Candice are extremely open about the love they share for each other and their family, regularly taking to both Instagram and Twitter to share cute candid snaps of family life on and off the road.
And let’s talk about that house. The couple share a beautiful beachside pad (not bad) which overlooks the ocean off Coogee, but it's now officially on the market, with the family planning to relocate to another property in Sydney's Maroubra area.
Let's hope they invite us around for a pool party or some beachside hangs before it sells!
CLICK on the image below see some of the family's candid Instagram moments in our gallery.