Australian opener David Warner played a magnificent innings of 166 runs to help his team post a mountainous total of 381 runs on the board against Bangladesh at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Thursday. After his year-long ban due to the ball-tampering scandal, Warner is trying to make up for lost time in the "dark" year, and is doing so vehemently, leading the batting charts in the World Cup with 447 runs at 89.40 that came on the back of a scintillating 147-ball 166 against Bangladesh.
"I was on a good behaviour bond for two years, I think it was, if that's what you want to call it, with the ICC," Warner said. "I couldn't really do anything on the field and I'm at that point as well at the moment. It's a different game. We've played so much cricket over the last 12 months with a lot of different people, especially the Bangladesh guys. Getting to know a lot of them as well has been great. It just opens your eyes to a new world. It's just normal me now."
Trying to score as many runs as I can: David Warner
After his century against Bangladesh, Warner drew level with Adam Gilchrist for third spot for the Australian with most number of ODI centuries, only bettered by Ricky Ponting. "It's just more runs that you can miss out on," Warner said. "For me it's about going out there and putting my best foot forward for the team and trying to score as many runs as I can. To make up for all the runs that I've missed out on and for the team."
Although this was Warner's second century in the tournament, he copped a bit of criticism early on in the tournament for his slow starts, which is much unlike the batsman that most are accustomed to. Even in his knock against Bangladesh, Warner had a sedate start, his first 25 runs coming in 32 balls, reaching a fifty off 55 and a hundred off 110 balls, before he switched gears to score his final 66 runs off just 37 deliveries.
"I don't mean to go out there and bat slow," Warner said. "I've tried to get a calculation, how many fielders I've hit in the first 10 (overs). I got frustrated against India. I got frustrated against Afghanistan. And then today, Finchy kept telling me to hang in there and bat deep and bat time. And that was in like the eighth or ninth over. Because it's generally not my game to stick there, and I usually try and go after it a little bit. Must be a bit more maturity, I think."