Warner ton as Australia regain Chappell-Hadlee trophy

David Warner, Australia’s flamboyant opener across formats, scored a record-breaking sixth One-Day International (ODI) century of 2016 to pave the way for Australia to seal the three-match series against Trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand and reclaim the Chappell-Hadlee trophy on Wednesday (December 6).

Warner’s success in 2016, wherein he surpassed the previous Australian record for most ODI centuries in a year held by Ricky Ponting and Matthew Hayden, has been down to his fresh approach towards batting that has allowed for a bit of conservatism to come in and complement his otherwise gung-ho outlook.

“The last 18 to 24 months, I’ve really worked hard on being able to construct and build my innings and not play too many big shots early on,” Warner told reporters after his match-winning century for Australia. “If the ball is there, I’m still going to go after it (but) that’s what I put it down to: actually trying to construct an innings and relay that Test match attitude into the one-dayers.

“You do get a few more balls in your area in the one-day stuff where you can actually play through the line, and probably not as much movement off the wicket as well,” he added.

Australia did well to swiftly put their home Test series defeat to South Africa behind them and start afresh in coloured kits against a different, but equally tough, opposition. Warner reckoned the nature of capitulation and the eventual defeat in Hobart served as a much-needed turning point.

“It’s one of those things. If you get some fresh faces in and around (the group) your energy probably gets up and going,” he said. “I can’t really put my finger on it. The boys took it hard. It really, really hurt us down in Hobart, losing that series on our homes soil, it really does hurt. I think it was the kick up the backside we needed to get going,” he added.

Australia’s defeat to South Africa at home was further accentuated by the fact that teams are getting increasingly tougher to beat on their turf.

“We don’t really want to lose too many series, at home especially, but the guys are just sort of worked a way out to come back out. A bit of form from people, the senior people have to keep stepping up. If we do that the other guys will follow us.”

The third ODI, a dead rubber, will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 9, six days after which Australia will host Pakistan for three Tests and five ODIs.

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