Opener David Warner, who Wednesday scored his first century since completing the ball-tampering ban, said the knock in the World Cup game against Pakistan "means a lot" to him as a batsman. Seeking to silence his doubters, Warner made 107 off 111 balls, a few days after his uncharacteristic half-century against India surprised the cricket fraternity. Conditions were testing and up against a quality attack, Warner had to be cautious after Pakistan put Australia in.
"There was a bit of movement early on, so I had to be a lot tighter. This century means a lot as a batsman. Some great efforts from Pakistan. Our bowlers were fantastic but it was a great game," the opener said at the post-match presentation ceremony. Australia won the match by 41 runs. Australia were cruising after Warner and skipper Aaron Finch (82) laid a stromg foundation with a 14-run opening stand. But Mohammad Amir bowled beautifully in his second spell to return his best ODI figures of 5/30 and stop the defending champions at 307.