With David Warner scoring 107 goals against Pakistan last week – a match win and a first international ton since December 2017 – he hinted at a sense of unfulfillment.
“I still have the feeling that I left a lot out with 70 balls,” said the left-hander. “And in trying to re-build partnerships, I blame myself for the way we fell apart there.”
On that day, Australia seemed ready to reach more than 350 points in total, but some determination of the Pakistani bowlers saw that they lost 307. Today, Warner made sure that the same mistakes were not repeated and played a significant role in helping his side to 381/5 with a monumental innings of 166.
"That was a good hit out for us batters."— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 20, 2019
David Warner – Player of the Match for #AUSvBAN – enjoyed his role in propelling his side to a massive 381/5 at Trent Bridge ⬇️ #CWC19 | #CmonAussie pic.twitter.com/uOFhjEVIhz
It seems strange to say, but Warner’s first 100 runs on Trent Bridge were scratchy, an issue that has permeated his return of scores in this tournament. Once the pocket dynamo of Ball One flashed, he has appeared a bit more patient and more reserved in his approach after his return to international cricket.
There were flashes of typical Warner brilliance – he hailed Shakib Al Hasan’s third goal of the day with a ride through the ceiling for four before hauling a six over the center line at the next ball – but it felt like he was happy was to anchor and pile up instead of trampling over the attack in Bangladesh. After the match, however, Warner showed that he had the ambition to break free, but he simply did not get the greenhorn.
“I do not want to go out and beat slowly. I tried to calculate how many field players I met in the first ten [Overs]. It gets a little bit frustrating because you are in the middle and it’s approaching the fielder and you can not even come out of the joke. It was a bit annoying, but I just stayed there.
“I was frustrated with India. I was frustrated with Afghanistan. And then Finchy [Aaron Finch] told me again and again that I should stick to it and hit it hard. “
He did deep, and after he had celebrated his bucket – with his distinctive jump and the kiss of the helmet – the shadows of the old powerhouse returned. He took some time against Mustafizur Rahman to defeat the man in the middle, a shot that required as much brain and muscle as possible.
1️⃣ David Warner – 447 runs— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 20, 2019
2️⃣ Shakib Al Hasan – 425 runs
3️⃣ Aaron Finch – 396 runs
4️⃣ Joe Root – 367 runs
5️⃣ Rohit Sharma – 319 runs
After that 147-ball 166, @davidwarner31 is at the top of the #CWC19 run charts! 👏 pic.twitter.com/bYQE7ZLJev
Opposite rubles Hossain hit it straight: Six split the floor in half. Some radio came with a switch hit from Shakib when Warner played with the left arm of the world’s best ODI all-rounder.
Apart from what he had contributed with his blade, it was a pleasure to see Warner walking between the gates. he sprinted as if his life depended on it.
At some point in the 44th, the turbocharged Warner was reversed and ready for a lightning fast third; His partner Usman Khawaja had just crossed the finish line for the second time and did not want to look back. The prospect of another sprint was next to impossible.
And while he had died at the temporary but effective interface of Soumya Sarkar, Warner had gone one step further than his performance against Pakistan.
The numbers look good: 447 runs in the tournament with an average of 89.40, with four hits over 50. If the hit rate was not easy for the eyes, it was another matter today – Warner’s 166 came from 147 balls.