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Warner admits ban revitalised him after his 166 inspires Aussies

Australia's David Warner
Australia's David Warner

By David Charlesworth

David Warner admitted his 12-month suspension has left him feeling rejuvenated after his second century of the World Cup propelled Australia to victory over Bangladesh.

Exiled from internationals for his role in the ball-tampering scandal in March 2018, Warner acknowledged it has been a "dark year for Australian cricket", yet he has gone some way to making amends.

Uncharacteristically restrained since his return, he batted with responsibility once more against the Tigers before showing glimpses of his belligerent best in a supreme 166 from 147 deliveries at Trent Bridge in a 48-run win.

Australia now sit atop the group stage table and Warner is the leading run-scorer in the tournament with 447 at an average of 89.4.

Asked whether there have been any benefits to his enforced absence, he responded: "I feel a lot fresher. You don't get a year off, you hardly get a couple of weeks off (in international cricket).

"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.

"(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, put our best foot forward."

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