Warner rejuvenated by enforced absence

2019 Cricket World Cup
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Aussie slugger David Warner believes his time away from the international arena has benefited him both in body and mind.

Warner was found to have been the chief instigator in the now infamous Sandpapergate scandal of 2018, but made his return to International cricket at the World Cup following a 12-month ban.

The opener has been in fine form with the bat so far, compiling a tournament-leading 447 runs at an average of 89.40.

His knock of 166 (147) spearheaded Australia to victory over Bangladesh at Trent Bridge on Thursday, and Warner has attributed his revitalisation down to being able to enjoy some rare down time as an international cricketer.

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

“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. Just those basic things there.

“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.

“(But) that was obviously a dark year for Australian cricket. And we’ve just got to keep winning for our country, doing the best we can, put our best foot forward.

“We just can’t be complacent and comfortable. We’ve got to keep moving forward playing our best cricket.”

Questions remain about the overall depth of quality in the Australian line-up, but should Warner and opening partner Aaron Finch continue to amass the runs on an industrial scale, the World Cup may once again fall into green and gold hands.