Resurgent David Warner reveals his motivation behind the 166-run innings

Australian destructive opener David Warner reveals that he got frustrated at the start of his splendid 166-run innings against Bangladesh but slowly he grappled with the situation and played the big innings.


It’s not the old David Warner obviously who just come to the crease and hit the balls all over the ground. It’s a new David Warner who started his innings slowly and with some confusions. But by time he managed to cover the situation and settles a good knock.

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Asking about his slow start in the World Cup he said: “I don’t intend to go out there and bat slow, I am trying to get an estimation on what number of fielders I’ve hit in the initial ten. It gets disappointing, you sort of middle one and it goes full pace to the defender, and you can get off strike. I got frustrated against India, and against Afghanistan.”

He also said that he got frustrated again against Bangladesh on Thursday but his opening partner Aaron Finch calmed him and told him to keep patience. “I felt a little bit bogged down there and again frustrated. But then Finchy [Aaron Finch] told me to bat deep and bat time. So I managed to hang in there and build a good partnership with Finchy and Uzi [Usman Khawaja] as well.”

The left-handed batsman didn’t hide his disappointment after getting out on 166 when he started to find his old rhythm. “When you’re deep into your innings you’re a bit fatigued. I was just trying to give our fast bowlers as many runs as possible to come out and start well,” the 32-year old Warner said.

Australia won by 48 runs in a high-scoring thriller against Bangladesh in Trent Bridge on Thursday. And unsurprisingly, Warner was adjusted man of the match for his scintillating 166-run innings. He also hit his 16th hundred of his career and equalled the legendary wicket-keeper batsman Adam Gilchrist on the amount of ODI century.

After the match, he expressed his satisfaction.  “It’s a great achievement [equalling Adam Gilchrist’s hundred tally], but it’s more about two points and moving forward,” he says. “You have to respect the new ball. You have to adapt to the conditions. It (the wicket) was a tad slow. But it was a grind for the bowlers, wasn’t easy to get wickets,” he said.

And last but not the least, the new version of Warner said: “We’re just trying to make up for that year.” He was telling about the year that he lost for the ban and clearly indicated that he’s more hungry than ever for the runs now.


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