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Warner so grateful for WC chance

22 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

David Warner said he felt “just so grateful” to be playing for Australia after his run-laden return continued with a World Cup hundred against Bangladesh, reports AFP.

Warner’s international career came to a juddering halt when he was given a 12-month ban for his part in a ball-tampering scandal during a Test against South Africa in Cape Town last year. At that stage, there was widespread speculation that Warner — widely regarded as the instigator of an event that saw Cameron Bancroft apply sandpaper to the ball — might never play for Australia again.

Warner is now this World Cup’s leading run-scorer with 447 runs at an average of 89.4.

“I feel a lot fresher. You don’t get a year off, you hardly get a couple weeks off (in international cricket).

“I’ve worked hard on my own fitness and taken my mind away from the game, just the little things of being on time for buses, for aeroplanes, packing your bags, travelling a lot.” “You just let your mind be at ease. And to have time at home as well with my family was awesome and I really enjoyed that,” added Warner, whose wife is expecting the couple’s third child in England.