Ostracized Warner wins over fans with return to form
Australian batsman David Warner celebrates his first 100 runs for Australia since his 12 month ban during the first international T20 cricket match between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Adelaide Oval

Australian batsman David Warner says he feels the love after he received a standing ovation for his century in his first international on Australian soil since his suspension for ball tampering ended.

Warner reached triple figures on the final ball of Australia’s innings against Sri Lanka at the Adelaide Oval in Sunday’s T20 International, capping the hosts highest ever T20I total on home turf.

The opening batsman’s 100* came from 56 balls and included 10 fours and four sixes as Australia made 2-233.

Warner received great support from captain Aaron Finch (64 from 36) and Glenn Maxwell (62* from 28).

The left-hander has struggled to win over Australia following his part in the ball tampering saga which sullied the national team and led to Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft receiving lengthy bans. He was also booed throughout the Ashes in England this year.

But Warner rejoiced in a positive return to the international scene on home turf, with a favourable response from the Adelaide crowd.

“We absolutely love the people’s support, love the Australian crowd coming out and supporting us,” Warner said.

“We always try and put on a show for them. They don’t realise how much of an impact it has for us players when we’re out there.

“When you’ve got that support behind a team, or you’ve got that support yourself, it’s a massive boost in confidence for us and for the other people who are out there playing.”

The second T20I between the two countries takes place at the Gabba in Brisbane on Wednesday night.

Warner said Australia’s execution with the bat on Sunday set the template and the standard.

“I think the way forward is exactly that, where we try and set the tone at the top and then Maxi comes in and does what he does,” Warner said.

“For once, the plan actually came off. That was, all in all, a great batting performance and obviously the bowlers finished it off there.”

Australia will host next year’s T20 World Cup where they hope to break their duck in the shortest format.

Ben somerford
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