DAVID WARNER is targeting World Cup glory after a stunning comeback in this season’s IPL.
The explosive opener, 32, has played his way back into international contention after a superb spell with the IPL’s Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Warner has so far crashed 692 runs at 69.2 this term – at a ridiculous strike rate of 143.86 – and formed a brilliant partnership with England’s Jonny Bairstow at the top of the order.
With the glitz and glamour of the T20 tournament coming towards it’s conclusion in India, attentions are starting to turn towards this summer’s World Cup here in England.
But for Warner – infamously banned for a year for his part in the ball-tampering Test scandal against South Africa – it’s been a relief to be back in the headlines for his batting.
He said: “It is great to get out there and do your job properly. It comes back to basics, backing your gameplan and instincts. I did that and put the team in a good position. It is going back to being still while batting.”
Australia are the reigning World Cup champions and come into the tournament in good form having whitewashed Pakistan in March – but despite Warner’s good T20 form, his inclusion along with Steve Smith has raised some eyebrows back home.
I out the bat down for 16-18 weeks and just worked hard on being the best father and husband.
Warner continued: “This World Cup you will see some high scores, playing in England.
“We are the reigning champions and for us, it is going out there backing our abilities and being our best selves. I am looking forward to it and this was a stepping stone to that.”
Many thought that Warner’s international career was over after the sandpaper incident and he last played an ODI back in January 2018.
But he used the year long break from cricket to reassess his approach – both on and off the field.
He continued: “I have had time off to work harder at my game. Put the bat down for 16-18 weeks and just worked hard on being the best father and husband, that has worked for me.
“I try and always do that around the team, be the funny man and prankster and try my best to give what is good for the team.”
Australia begin their World Cup campaign on June 1 against Afghanistan at Bristol.
Before that, they play two warm-up games against England on May 25 and Sri Lanka on May 27.
Australia World Cup squad: Aaron Finch (capt), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa.