‘I Live for World Cups’: Warner Peaking at Right Time


Australia opener David Warner said he “lives for World Cups” after hitting his 22nd ODI century in the 309-run mauling of the Netherlands on Wednesday.

Playing in his 155th ODI, Warner cracked 104 from 93 balls with 11 fours and three sixes.

It was his second successive century of the tournament following his 163 in the win over Pakistan.

His sixth World Cup hundred took him past the five of compatriot Ricky Ponting and level with Sachin Tendulkar.

He is just one behind the all-time record of seven held by current India skipper Rohit Sharma.

“It’s what I get up for,” Warner told Star Sports.

“We live for these World Cups. They’re every four years and you’ve got to really, really shine on this stage and try and emulate what I do in those bilateral series out here.

“Yeah, to be in the same category and class with those guys is special.”

Warner’s innings on Wednesday was overshadowed by Glenn Maxwell’s World Cup record 40-ball century.

However, with his 37th birthday coming on Friday, Warner will have plenty to celebrate as he took his career ODI runs total to 6,729.

He already has almost 8,500 runs in Tests, with an unbeaten triple century thrown in, as well as the best part of 3,000 runs in T20 internationals.

“In this moment, we’re just staying present. In probably 20 years’ time or 30 years’ time, I might sit down and enjoy that,” he said of the runs and records he is making.