David Warner scored his first century since returning from a ban, as Australia beat Pakistan with 41 points in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash at Taunton on Wednesday.
Warner was banned for a year after his involvement in the ball tampering scandal, and after the match the left-handed man was a relieved man.
"This century means a lot like a batsman," Warner said at the post-game presentation.
Warner posed with fans after the end of the game, and when he met a boy in Australia, his father stood next to the fence – two yellow spots in the sea of green – Warner presented his man of the match award to the young fan.
David Warner made this young Australian day by giving him his Player of the Match prize after the game 🏆
– Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) 12 June 2019
Social media fans praised Warner's gesture and applauded the sportsman spirit of the Australian team.
Tight blow for those who still moan about Warner and Smith making a comeback! – Barney (@SirBarneyTweets) 12 June 2019
– Praveen Balusu (@ PraveenBalusu1) 12 June 2019
That's a nice touch. Well done for David Warner.
– Paul Jones (@ yourgeneration7) 12 June 2019
During the press conference after the competition, Warner reflected on his journey last year. He thanked his wife Candice and his two daughters for supporting him during that time.
"I always came back to international cricket if it was selected," Warner told reporters.
"The thing that kept me going was my wife and children.
"My wife is just, she is just my rock, she is incredible, she is determined, disciplined, selfless," added the 32-year-old left-handed.
"She is a strong woman and she has often taken me out of bed in that kind of first kind of 12 weeks, and has let me run and train hard as much as I could.
Asked about the cheers and fuss he has faced since his return, Warner said it doesn't bother him.
"The boo cry, we don't really hear that when we're out there … It's water from the back of a duck," Warner said.
"I've heard it all my career," Warner added.
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