It has been clearly evident that Australian opener David Warner has kept all ball-tampering ban talks aside with his sensational performance in the ongoing 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). While playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), the flamboyant southpaw batsman has racked up a staggering tally of 692 runs in 12 games at an amazing average of 69.20.
In his last game of this season before returning for the World Cup preparations, Warner played a brilliant knock of 81 runs off just 56 balls to aid in Sunrisers Hyderabad’s convincing 45-run victory over Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Monday.
He will dominate international cricket once again
Both Warner and Steve Smith are done with their respective Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 stints and have also joined the rest of the national teammates for the camp scheduled to start on Friday in Brisbane. This will be the first time when both Warner and Smith will be joining the Australian team practice seasons officially since the infamous ball-tampering incident that took place in South Africa in March 2018.
The duo comprising of Warner and Smith have served their 12-month bans handed down by the Cricket Australia (CA) in the aftermath of the scandal. However, both the star Aussie batters are coming off from brilliant performance in IPL 2019.
"I think he (Warner) is coming back with a huge hunger, not just to perform well for his (IPL) franchise and things like that but to dominate international cricket again,” quoted Aaron Finch, the Australian limited-overs captain.
It is such an important time for everyone
Finch mentioned that when the dream is taken a back for nearly 12 months, then there would be something which is hurting Warner massively. "When you have your dream taken away from you for 12 months, there would be something deep inside you that burns really strongly. He's a super player and we know how destructive he can be. I think, having that time off to spend with his family and get away from the game... yeah it was unfortunate and they served their ban and they're back," Finch added.
Finch stated that he will surely take the advice from the experienced duo of Smith and Warner during the World Cup. "I'll certainly lean on them for tactics and advice out on the field, like I do with a lot of players... because they've both captained a lot of cricket and they're both very good captains on the field. That would be really naive of me not to use them."