Warner rises from the Ashes for redemption

Scott Bailey
David Warner's unbeaten 335 against Pakistan was the second-highest Test score by an Australian

Even in an Ashes series where he averaged just 9.5 with the bat, David Warner never stopped believing.

It's simply not in his nature.

Warner's record-breaking day in Adelaide signified not just the ultimate redemption from the ball-tampering scandal, but one of the great comebacks from the Ashes with his 335 not out against Pakistan.

There were times last year where many questioned if Warner would ever play for Australia again.

And just a little over a month ago, critics questioned if he should be in the team for the first Test after five Tests in England where he scored above eight just once.

Now suddenly, his average for 2019 is sitting at 53.09.

"At the end of the day you are going to have people who doubt you," Warner said.

"Through that whole campaign and that whole series I always said I wasn't out of form I was out of runs. I say this not just in hindsight."

But that doesn't mean there aren't regrets, with most of them coming from Warner going away from what he knows best.

He was out to Stuart Broad seven times during the Ashes, as he struggled to counteract the swinging ball.

"If I had my time again I would have not changed my guard. I would not have listened to some external noise," Warner said.

"I would have backed myself more and bat where I have been here, outside off.

"Leaving the ball patiently, getting bat and pad closer together under my nose. And I am capable of that."

It's telling that Warner's two centuries to start the summer have been the two longest innings of his career.

He is a man determined to succeed. He's tightened his defences and left more, waiting for the ball too full or too short in his zone to put away.

And it's paid dividends.

Saturday's knock was the highest ever score at the Adelaide Oval as he surpassed Don Bradman's 299no.

It was also the second highest ever score by an Australian and the 10th from all comers.

"I've had to regroup since coming back from England," Warner said.

"I have had to change the way I play. I hit probably 3500 or 4000 balls leading into Brisbane. And then here I batted two-and-half hour sessions leading up as well.

"It's not by chance I tightened that up. I worked really hard on that in the nets. I never doubted myself at all.

"I am a very confident person. Whether or not I scored these runs or didn't score these runs I would still hold my head up high."