Warner returning to the straight and narrow

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Batsman David Warner has insisted discipline issues are in the past, ahead of Australia's Ashes campaign later this year.

Batsman David Warner has insisted discipline issues are in the past, ahead of Australia's Ashes campaign later this year.

Warner was banned earlier this year after trying to punch Englishman Joe Root during the Champions Trophy – and earlier this year copped a brief suspension after missing a New South Wales grade cricket fixture.

The hard-hitting left-hander recently struck a rich stretch of form, amassing 139 and 138 in List A matches against Queensland and Victoria respectively. This glut of runs is expected to see him named in the squad for the first Test against England next month.

"I've had a tough trot but I'm just happy to score runs for NSW, I'm enjoying playing cricket. It's good to see the Australian boys winning but I'm here at the moment to score runs for NSW and I'm doing the job.

"From the get-go, I've been feeling good. I've been playing very well in the nets but you can't get them in the nets – you've got to come out and perform. I just backed myself and played my strokes and it's good to see the boys, all of us, gelling together and playing so well."

The first Test will get underway in Brisbane on 21 November. Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney will host games two, three, four and five respectively.

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