Warner hot streak continues
Controversial opener David Warner continued his stunning return to form by smashing the highest score in a domestic one-day match in Australia.
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Warner blasted 197 from 141 balls for his state side New South Wales as he posted his third century in a week.
The 26-year-old's innings, which helped send NSW into the Ryobi Cup final, included 10 sixes and came in front of watching Australia national selector John Inverarity.
The first Ashes Test is less than a month away - with England due to arrive in Perth on Thursday - and while Warner's off-field problems have cast doubt over his place for Brisbane, he believes he is ready to help Australia win back the little urn.
"It's amazing how the table turns," Warner told the Sydney Morning Herald.
"You're only three hundreds away from playing at the next level."
While Warner's run of form has come in the 50-over game, he believes he can translate it to the longer format.
"You know your cues, my cues out there are being still and that's working for me now," he said.
"There's no reason why that can't work for me in the Test arena. We've got three Shield games coming up, hopefully I can keep repeating my efforts here and help NSW win those games."
On Wednesday former Australia captain Ricky Ponting called for Warner to be retained at the top of the order for this winter's Ashes, despite running into more hot water at the start of the month.
Warner was handed a one-match suspended sentence by Cricket New South Wales after he skipped a grade match to go to the races.
It was the latest blot on his recent disciplinary record after he was most notably suspended before Australia's 3-0 Ashes defeat this summer after aiming a punch at England opener Joe Root in a Birmingham bar.
The left-hander subsequently missed the opening two Tests before making just 138 at an average of 23 when he returned for the rest of the series.
Warner was then also excluded for the following limited-overs matches due to a lack of form and was also left at home for the ongoing seven-match 50-over series in India, which Australia leads 2-1.
Warner believes missing that series was a "blessing in disguise" as he has enjoyed life away from touring with Australia and his Indian Premier League commitments.
"I've been away for 36 months," Warner said.
"You don't get the luxury of being at home and doing little things like going to the beach, relaxing, walking the dog, or spending time with the girlfriend."