David Warner defiant ahead of 100th Test | Cricket News


Before his 100th test for Australia in one The day after Christmas Match against South Africa in Melbourne, David Warner has vowed to keep fighting despite his back “against the wall” after his recent struggles in the longest format.
Warner hasn’t scored a test century in nearly three years, and its dwindling output has led to speculation it may be pulling out of the format.
However, coaches have said he is part of Australia’s plans to tour India from February.
Playing his 100th Test match “means the world to me,” Warner told reporters. “It’s the same old cliché but obviously it’s a huge opportunity.
“I’m living every boy’s housing commission dream – I wanted to play cricket for Australia and I do now,” said Warner, who grew up in council housing in a deprived area of Matraville.
“My back is against the wall, but it’s in my DNA to continue to be competitive and take on any opposition I’m going to face…I couldn’t be more proud of myself, of my family for having me brought here and of my closest buddies.”
Warner struggled in the recent 2-0 blanking of the West Indies amid off-field distractions caused by his failed bid to have his permanent leadership ban lifted. He went on to score 0 and 3 points in Australia’s victory over South Africa in the first Test.
The 36-year-old said his mental health was not where it “needed to be” ahead of the West Indies series, thanking his teammates and family for helping him through a tough time.
“It’s Christmas time, the festive part of the year, I’m in great spirits getting ready for this training session and I’m ready to go out and play another test of the Boxing Day, but more importantly with an in-game series,” Warner said. .



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