The slugger who has fought his way back
Having announced himself as the prototype stand-and-deliver opener of the T20 era with an audacious 89 from 43 balls in an international 20-over debut before he had tasted first-class cricket, David Warner has been swinging from the hip ever since.
His elevation to Test cricket was no less flamboyant, and he spanked a memorable 69-ball century off India’s shellshocked bowlers in Perth in just his fifth Test appearance.
Those who felt his baseball-style hitting could not prosper at Test level felt vindicated when his next nine Test innings failed to pass 50. And his return to the ranks during the 2013 Ashes series, after an absence caused by various factors, indicated he was perhaps no better suited to the middle-order.
But a bountiful start to the 2013-14 domestic summer in the abbreviated and longer forms of the game suggest Warner has his eye firmly back on the ball. And when his eye is in, the other more traditional elements of batsmanship can be superfluous.