Opener Warner sets World Cup goal after first home hit-out
Banished opening batsman David Warner says he is looking to be part of Australia's World Cup defence in England next year after his first hit-out at home today.
Warner, 31, was handed a one-year ban from international and state cricket by Cricket Australia for his role in helping to devise a plan to rub sandpaper on the ball during a Test match against South Africa in March.
He had pledged to play in the cricket outpost while he was involved in community coaching work earlier this year as part of the terms of his ban, and made good his offer in his side City Cyclones' comfortable win against Northern Tide in a 50-over fixture.
"I'm pretty good when I'm fresh," Warner told reporters.
"If you look at the last 12 months, I played basically every game (for Australia) and didn't get a rest.
"So I know that the breaks do me (good), and you don't lose form overnight."
Warner confirmed his intention to continue at international level once his suspension is completed, and for some time into the future.
"I wouldn't be here today and working my backside off to keep scoring as many runs as I can for each team that I play for if I didn't love it -- I'd probably retire," he said.
"But I've still got plenty of fuel in the tank and I'm excited.
"(I have) the next eight months to reflect upon what's happened and then moving forward to be a better person and a better cricketer.
"I'm just ticking along to make sure I'm preparing well for this and the CPL coming up."
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