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Warner 'filled with gratitude' over World Cup chance
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Warner 'filled with gratitude' over World Cup chance

David Warner said he was filled with gratitude for being able to represent Australia in the World Cup following yet another century in the tournament against Bangladesh at Trent Bridge.

Warner's flourishing international career was interrupted when he was found guilty of hatching the plan alongside fellow teammate Steve Smith to apply sandpaper to the ball during the Cape Town Test against South Africa last year.

As a consequence of his actions, both Warner and Smith were charged with a one-year ban while opener Cameron Bancroft was suspended for 9 months for carrying out the act of tampering with the ball which was caught by broadcast cameras.

Despite having been out of the game for one year and making a return to the side right at the cusp of the World Cup, Warner has been in splendid form as he currently tops the list of leading run-scorers in the tournament.

The left-handed opener had a moment of fortune against Bangladesh when an aerial shot from his bat was spilled by the fielder while he was on 10 before he made the most of his luck and compiled a mammoth contribution of 166 runs to take his team to 381-5.

While Bangladesh did put up some resistance, they ultimately fell short of Australia's total by 48 runs as the defending champions reclaimed their number one spot in the points table.

A proper run-scoring fest experienced, the match created the record for the most number of runs accumulated across both innings in a World Cup game.

'I am a lot fresher'

Warner admitted the previous calendar year was catastrophic for Australian cricket but revealed how time off from the game personally helped him develop a positive mindset.

"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.

"(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.

"We just can't be complacent and comfortable. We've got to keep moving forward playing our best cricket."

Warner has been uncharacteristically sedate in his batting approach during this World Cup but he said it is not a deliberate plan though he is able to build on starts and consistently churn up big innings.

"I don't mean to go out there and bat slowly," insisted Warner, who jokingly said his team-mates now call him "humble" following previous nicknames of 'Bull' and 'The Reverend'.

"I've tried to get the calculation of how many fielders I've hit in the first 10. It's a bit frustrating because you middle one and it goes full pace to the fielder."

'Grateful to be in the same sentence as Adam Gilchrist'

Warner's efforts were complemented well by half-centuries from skipper Aaron Finch and the under-fire Usman Khawaja.

"Finchy kept on telling me to 'hang in there and bat deep, bat time'," Warner explained. "And that was in the eighth or ninth over.

"It's generally not my game to just sit there. But it must be a bit more maturity, I think."

Warner has now equaled Australian legend Adam Gilchrist's tally of centuries in one-day internationals after he brought up the 16th hundred of his career.

Warner felt proud to be spoken of in the same breath Gilchrist, who had a long and illustrious career as Australia's destructive opening batsman.

"I'm just so grateful for being able to have the opportunity to play for Australia and to be in the same sentence as Adam Gilchrist is fantastic and it's overwhelming," he said.

"He was a bit more of a dasher than what I am at the top of the order.

"But for me, it's just about going out there and giving my best, to be honest.

"That's all I want to be remembered for, is someone who gives 110 percent when I go out on the field."