David Warner’s world changed last year when he was banned for 12 months for his role in the ball-tampering scandal of Cape Town. His world changed again, this time for the better, when he hit a match-winning 107 in Australia’s World Cup game against Pakistan in Taunton on Wednesday.
Warner, who had failed to really get into his element in earlier World Cup outings despite scoring two fifties, was in full flow against Pakistan as he survived a fiery spell from Mohammad Amir and milked the other bowlers for runs to play a key role in Australia’s 41-run triumph.
Warner later hailed “world class” Amir, who picked up career-best figures of 5-30 as Australia scored 307 after being asked to bat first in overcast conditions.
“He bowled fantastic. He got nice response off the wicket,” said Warner who agreed that other Pakistani pacers lost the plot. “They were a tad too short or a tad too full. And it allowed us to sort of free our arms a little bit.”