With his yearlong ban in the rearview mirror, David Warner can now focus on his busy playing career.
Warner and fellow Aussie Steve Smith were each banned for 12 months for their roles in a ball-tampering plot in South Africa last year, but both players are back and ready to move on.
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Warner has been in excellent form for Sunrisers Hyderabad of the Indian Premier League, but he will now leave the team to begin preparations for the upcoming Cricket World Cup. Warner and Smith will both represent Australia at the tournament, which is set to take place this summer in the United Kingdom.
Most recommended cricket betting sites have England as the odds on favorites at the World Cup as hosts, but the Aussies are not to be trifled with. Australia won the last World Cup on home soil in 2015, they are among the favorites to repeat as champions in 2019.
Warner leaves the IPL on a good note after helping Sunrisers to a 45-run win over Kings XI Punjab at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. The Sunrisers now find themselves in the top-4 of the league with 12 points from 12 matches to this point.
Warner knows he will have to maintain his strong form if Australia is to have a chance at the World Cup. Of his recent play, Warner said at the post-match press conference, “I think it just goes back to being still as a batsman. I get the tendency to moving around a bit if there have been a few dots. But I have worked hard over the last few months. The gameplan is to back yourself, just back your natural game.”
The lefty leaves the IPL as the league’s leading run-scorer with 692 runs to his credit from 12 matches. That’s good for an average of 69.20 along with 108 half-centuries.
Speaking after his last game, Warner said, “It is great to get out there and do your job properly. We have the luxury of a great deck and the groundstaff have worked tirelessly to prepare a good wicket for us. It comes back to basics, backing your gameplan and instincts. I did that and put the team in a good position.”
Warner admitted that he worked hard during his year away from the game in an attempt to improve while also being a good family man. He said, “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 what is good for the team.”
Of the upcoming World Cup, which starts on May 30, Warner said, “This World Cup, you’ll see some high scores. Hopefully, the ball doesn’t swing as much. Obviously, England is the home team and they’re great. We’re world champions. I’m sure it’ll be great.”
The Sunrisers will now have to weather the storm while Warner and teammate Jonny Bairstow are away at the international competition. Manager Kane Williamson said, “Warner and Bairstow have been world class. Very hard to fill someone’s boots. But as a team, we’ll have to pick up the slack. You’re always looking for more runs.”