David Warner showed flashes of his belligerent best with 166 from 147 balls as Australia moved to the top of the World Cup standings with a 48-run victory over Bangladesh.
Uncharacteristically restrained since returning from a 12-month ban for his role in the ball-tampering saga, Warner was again occasionally watchful in reaching his second three-figure score of the tournament before cutting loose.
Dropped on 10 in an innings containing 14 fours and five sixes, Warner’s stands of 121 and 192 with Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja respectively formed the backbone of Australia’s 381 for five at Trent Bridge, where Bangladesh were unable to mount another national-record run-chase.
The Tigers had overhauled 322 with seven wickets and more than eight overs to spare against the West Indies on Monday but, despite boisterous support, they fell short here on 333 for eight.
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A total of 381 for five may be Australia’s second highest score in World Cups but, ever the perfectionist, Shane Warne believes there is room for improvement, with the second-wicket stand seemingly attracting his ire. Warner and Khawaja came together at 121 for one but the pair largely eschewed risk until the final 10 overs, a tactic their former leg-spinner did not approve of.
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The controversial batsman, formerly ‘Bull’ and ‘The Reverend’, revealed the new nickname his team-mates have given him.
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Warner eventually cast off the shackles, helping Australia pile on 131 from the final 10 overs. Any one of his five sixes could have collected this honour though when Warner clubbed Shakib Al Hasan high into the stands beyond the deep-midwicket boundary, it conjured memories of the left-hander’s destructive tendencies before his 12-month ban.
Marcus Stoinis returned from a side strain which ruled him out of Australia’s last two fixtures to take the crucial wicket of Shakib. The Bangladesh batsman had amassed two hundreds and two fifties in his four previous tournament knocks but was restricted to 41 in Nottingham. Seemingly deceived by an off-cutter from Stoinis, Shakib sent a leading edge straight to Warner at mid-off.
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Eoin Morgan: There were many wondering whether the England captain would even take to the field against Afghanistan at Old Trafford on Tuesday because of a back spasm he suffered days earlier. But not only was he cleared to play, he sparkled in a career-best one-day international knock of 148 from 71 balls. It was an innings he described as beyond his wildest expectations, containing a record breaking 17 sixes out of a team total of 25, another all-time high.
June 21: England v Sri Lanka at Headingley