David Warner described how the support of his wife and children were instrumental in laying the foundations for the opener’s successful return to the Australian set-up.
Warner top scored with 107 (111) in Australia’s 41-run victory over Pakistan at Taunton on Wednesday.
The victory moved Australia up to second in the table with three wins from four, a start that the Aussies will be confident of converting into a semi-final berth.
The century was the Sydney man’s first hundred since his return to international action following the Sandpapergate controversy in 2018.
Following the match, Warner gushed with praise for the support he received from his loved ones during the aftermath of the scandal.
“I think going through those tough times and sort of regrouping with myself to put myself in the best position to come back to international cricket, I did everything I could,” said Warner.
“I really, really knuckled down and trained my backside off. I was always coming back to international cricket, if selected.
“The thing that kept me going was my wife and my kids – I got great support at home from my family.
“My wife is just my rock, she’s unbelievable, she’s determined, disciplined, selfless and I hold a lot of credit to her.
“She’s a strong woman and she got me out of bed a lot in those first 12 weeks, got me back running and training as hard as I could and prepared for the other formats of the game that I was playing.
“It was just to maintain my level of fitness and hard work and she really nailed that into me.
“To come out here and play the way I know I can play was awesome. I was elated. It was a bit of relief in a way.”
England could host the West Indies behind closed doors this summer.
Ten years have passed since England won the World T20.
Zak Crawley has revealed the two batsmen who have been his biggest inspirations, with Ricky Ponting and Kevin Pietersen top of his list.
The two boards are discussing the possiblity of a return to action in July.
England players will soon be able to have individual training sessions.
There remains hope England’s Test series against the West Indies will take place.
The 26-year-old said he is confident that the venue would be able to cope with hosting multiple matches back-to-back.
The England star believes it will take him a few days to “work out those feelings”.