David Warner spoke to Channel Seven before the game…
Q: David, merry Christmas. How was yesterday?
A: Merry Christmas. It is all about the kids and opening up the presents to see what Santa brought them. I love seeing the smiles on their faces. It was a long day but we had a good sleep last night.
Q: Congratulations on your 100th Test.
A: 2009, T20 cricket against South Africa. Who would have thought playing my 100th against South Africa. You dream about playing a Test in the baggy green and now playing my 100th, it is surreal. I still pinch myself walking out every day. I absolutely love it. As I said in the past, I represent every single one of my friends and family that wanted to play cricket, had the ambition to. I’m representing them here today.
Q: This day has been coming for a while. Has it sunk in yet that this is your 100th?
A: Not really. For me, I look at it as just another day, come out here and mark centre and play cricket and it is game on. I will probably sit back and reflect upon it once I’ve finished my career, and I think when you – people talk about the names that you – or the club that you are joining. It is very, very special. And they are greats of the game. So, it is a special thing. But I’m sure once my time is done,
I’ll sit back and reflect.
Q: Test match cricket is very challenging. We all know that. Lots of highs and lows along the way. Mainly highs for you?
A: I wouldn’t say that. Have you got any advice for me now? I think you just have to keep on enjoying it. Mike Hussey said if you look at how many hundreds you score in your career, that’s how many good days you have. So that means you have a lot of bad days. But you get up and you put a smile on your face and get around your teammates. When you are winning, it is fun. I know when you are not scoring well or not doing as well as you like, it can be hard, but they are the best times to bring your energy and focus to the team and that’s what I try and bring all the time.
Q: Over the years, who have you leant on the most?
A: For me, my wife and my family is a big one for me, but amongst the group I obviously talk to Ricky (Ponting) a lot, (coach) Andrew McDonald, you, when I’m in town, we play some golf. The guys that have been here have done it. You have to pick their brains. It is a hard job to come out and face the red cricket ball that’s 145km/h brand new every time, it has its challenges, but you know what comes with it is a sense of fun. It is what I’ve always wanted to do. I’m still doing it and I love it.
Q: I’m interested in your preparation. This is obviously your 100th Test. Has it changed over the years, and sometimes players, if they are going through a bit of a patch, probably overtrain. How has your preparation been leading into this one?
A: You just hit it on the head. You think when you are hitting the ball so well in the nets, why aren’t I scoring runs in the middle? That’s the nature of cricket. You ebb and flow through your career. If you go and train more, you think of things that aren’t there. I basically go into the nets and if I’m hitting the ball in the middle of the bat, I feel great. I’ve been doing that the last couple of years. The hundred I scored out here against England was fantastic for me. My feet were moving. That’s the key to this game. If my feet are moving and I’m bouncing and dancing, I’m in for a good one.
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