David Warner celebrates his century against India.
David Warner celebrates his century against India.

‘Stuff them’: Secret behind Warner’s unreal form

David Warner's 1201-run summer across all formats has left the opening batsman with tight knees, cramped calves and plenty of new records.

Warner, 33, became the fastest Aussie to 5000 ODI runs (115 innings) in Mumbai on Tuesday night and he has now thumped four centuries from his past eight 50-over matches.

Only Hashim Amla (101 innings), Sir Vivian Richards and Virat Kohli (both 114) beat Warner to the milestone.

Just eight days after playing Test cricket in Sydney, and in Australia's first ODI in six months, the devastating opener swapped the red ball for the white ball but maintained the rage as he crushed India with an unbeaten century (128 not-out off 112).

That knock, combined with Aaron Finch's unbeaten 110 (114), denied cricket tragics Steve Smith and debutant Marnus Labuschagne a bat in Australia's 10-wicket win.

"Stuff them," Warner smiled.

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David Warner celebrates his century against India.
David Warner celebrates his century against India.


"I actually said before, 'Smudge had tried to bump himself up the order (to No.3) to get a hit, and he still didn't'.

"We've got a bit of Sudocrem there for his pad rash."

Warner put his post-match gingerness down to a monstrous summer, where he crunched 335 not-out against Pakistan and averaged 287 after six T20s.

"A little bit tight in the knees from running between wickets this summer, it's been a long summer," Warner said.

"It's been an entertaining one out in the field running between wickets. I said to Finchy, it's been a long time since I've cramped up and I was cramped up a little bit in the calves.

"First time in a 50-over game, it's a little bit humid and obviously the training leading in. I think extra fluids next game if I'm going to spend every minute of the game out there."

Warner maintained that he wasn't out of form during last year's disastrous Ashes, where he averaged 9.5 and fell to Stuart Broad seven times.

"I was hitting them well in England in the nets. I wasn't out of form, I was out of runs," he said.

But Warner spent two hours in the nets every day leading into the first home Test of the summer, with that dedication noted by coach Justin Langer.

"Poor Sri (Sridharan Sriram) our spin coach was wanging to me every day," Warner said.

"I've got to thank him for that, because a lot of time and effort goes into it. It's not by fluke that I'm coming out here and doing what I am doing."

A kite from the Mumbai kite festival landed on Spidercam during the final over of India's innings, which Warner retrieved.

"It is the kite festival I heard, so it's very bizarre," he said.

"I thought it was a little bit dangerous and (Jasprit) Bumrah decided to come out and just snap it. I said, 'That's some poor kid's kite', but yeah it was very bizarre."