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Warner wanted bat to do the talking

By AAP Newswire

David Warner never felt the need to break his silence as his return from the ball-tampering scandal neared, preferring to wait for the day where his bat could do the talking.

And on Tuesday he did just that, answering his critics with a dominant 107 against Pakistan that marked his first century in Australian colours since before that fateful day in Cape Town last March.

As man of the match in Taunton, Warner spoke publicly for the first time in more than six months about his hiatus and return to the Australian team.

The 32-year-old's approach has been significantly different to his suspended teammates'.

Both Cameron Bancroft and Steve Smith offered up televised interviews on Boxing Day, creating headlines.

In his, Bancroft confirmed Warner had been who suggested the plan to alter the ball in Cape Town, claiming he "just wanted to fit in" and "didn't know any better".

But Warner said he never felt the need to follow suit and open up.

"I didn't need to say anything," Warner said.

"What was said was said back in those (April) press conferences (following Cape Town)

"I was just focused ahead. That was my own thing.

"I was just focusing on playing the next game that I was playing in, training as hard as I could."

Warner has returned to the Australian team in run-scoring form, sitting second on the tournament charts for the World Cup with 255 runs at an average of 85.

But questions were asked of his slow scoring, with his half-centuries against India and Afghanistan the slowest of his career.

After the India loss, he even admitted to teammates he'd been more timid than usual, with his 56 including 50 dot balls.

But Warner replied in typically assertive fashion against Pakistan.

He pulled his second ball to the square leg boundary for four, and went at close to a run a ball throughout as he hit 11 fours and one six in 111-ball knock.

He was also busy again at the crease, pushing plenty of singles and not getting bogged down with dots.

"As a top-four unit, we always talk about scoring hundreds. Personally it's a great thing. It obviously was a long time coming," Warner said.

"Against Afghanistan I felt like I had no rhythm.

"Against India I hit a lot of fielders.

"But today was one of those wickets, if you're still looking to score and your defence is tight, you'll create those opportunities for yourself.

"To come out here play the way I know I can play was awesome. I was elated. It was a bit of relief in a way."