David Warner century has ensured a handy lead for Australia vs Bangladesh    Getty Images
David Warner’s century has ensured a handy lead for Australia vs Bangladesh Getty Images

Australia have their nose ahead in the second and final Test against Bangladesh at Chittagong. After folding the hosts for 305, Australia are currently 377 for 9 at stumps on Day Three. Much of the credit for their vital 72-run lead goes to vice-captain David Warner. Slowly overcoming his subcontinental woes with back-t0-back tons, Warner was pleased with his personal milestone and stated that any chance to raise the bat for your country is an amazing achievement in itself. Warner, 30, also confessed that the conditions out there were very humid and challenging.

After his composed 123, Warner stated: “It is satisfying for myself but at the end of the day we’re here to win games. You pretty much felt in from ball one with the fields that they set, they didn’t really have any attacking men around the bat compared to last game. It allowed me just to rotate the strike and not really have any need to leave your crease all the time. I felt the lengths they bowled were easily adaptable for myself. Not easy, but for myself I was able to get into a comfortable position frequently.”

Warner did not read much into his hundred, but revealed the team’s mindset and goal: “Individual rewards you probably look back and reflect on when you finish. At the moment, it’s about doing my best and put numbers on the board for the team. Any chance you get to raise the bat for your country is an amazing achievement in itself. It makes it more sweeter when you’re winning as well. I’ll probably sit back in a few years and reflect on what I’ve achieved. But as I always say, it’s about what we’re trying to achieve as a team, that’s the No. 1 priority.”

Warner was also quick to point out on the challenges for bowlers in the given hot and humid conditions: “I always talk about trying to bat long periods of time in these conditions and by far that’s the hottest I’ve ever played in. It was quite challenging to be out there. Coming off yesterday, it was every minute that I was out there. We were out there for 100 overs the day before. A lot of credit has to go to the two fast bowlers as well. The amount of work that they’ve put in, I think they’ve both bowled 20 overs apiece in this heat. It takes someone with some good fitness to bowl through that definitely.”