David Warner had previously informed us that this would take place. On Christmas Eve, he shared his news with us. He informed us that he was in a healthy mental state. He explained to us that he had not been losing form or declining in ability; rather, he had just been out of luck and out of runs.
He assured us that he would perform just like the old him. He explained to us that he has nothing to worry about in regard to the attack in South Africa because he faces the best attack in the world in the nets on a daily basis. He told us that he was still that kid from the housing commission in Matraville in Sydney, who knew no other way out of a difficult situation other than to fight.
It was with his bat that he told us. He shared the news with us amidst his joy. David Warner has made his return. In addition to this, it was as if he had never left.
The vast majority of his 25 centuries in the Test match format have been exceptional in some way. But this one felt extra special, and it felt like one of his best. But the other one felt like one of his best. It had been three years since he had scored a century on a test, and he could feel the fire building up inside of him. The pain that was clearly visible on his face when he lost the Ashes for the second and third time in a row with scores of 94 and 95 told us that.
Since March, he had not reached the half-century mark in a test, a dry spell that spanned five tests and ten innings. But we ought to have known better. He once had a 9.50 batting average after ten innings played across five tests, and then he made scores of 154 and 335 not out in consecutive innings.
However, there was evidence to suggest that Stuart Broad was not solely responsible for this run of outs from around the wicket in conditions where the ball was swinging. His mental state did not match his physical location. He was honest enough to admit it. The decision to appeal the leadership ban had been difficult for him and his family.
His preparation for the first test of the summer, which was to be played in Perth, was odd. He was wearing sunglasses while he was hitting in the nets the day before the game. Instead of waiting for it to come to him, he was actively looking for the ball.
He explained to us that his two chop-ons against West Indies were just an unfortunate run of events. that he was starting from a strong position when he nicked the drive in Adelaide. However, they gave off the impression of a man looking for runs and trying to rediscover the player he once was. The next stop was Brisbane. Kagiso Rabada delivered a monster of a ball with that one. It was a way out for anyone who needed it. But the way he defended himself against it and occasionally took his eyes off of it was not how old-school Warner would have done it.