David Warner never believed he was “losing it ” as a batsman during his miserable Ashes series.
The Australia opener etched his name into the history books on Saturday as he struck an unbeaten 335 in the second Test against Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval.
In the process he became the seventh Australian to record a triple-century and overtook the highest score by the great Don Bradman (334) with an incredible innings that featured 39 fours and a six.
Only Matthew Hayden stands above Warner on the list of highest Test scores by an Australian, with his Herculean effort coming after an away Ashes series in which he surpassed single figures just twice.
Asked in a media conference if he ever felt he was losing it during his miserable run in England, an amused Warner replied: “Nah, never, never losing it. What kind of question is that?
“At the end of the day, you’re going to have people who doubt you and, to be honest, through that whole campaign in that series, I always said I wasn’t out of form, I was out of runs.
“I say this, not just in hindsight, but if I had my time again, I would have not changed my guard, I wouldn’t have listened to some external noises, I would have backed myself more and batted where I have been here, outside off, leaving the ball patiently, getting my bat and pad closer together and under my nose. And I am capable of that.
David Warner’s last five Test innings at home
103, 86, 56, 154, 335* pic.twitter.com/dU4cAxrEDS
— ICC (@ICC) November 30, 2019
“I just think in England you can get caught up in playing too much in front, especially with the way that I play. So I’ve had to regroup coming back from England.
“I’ve probably hit over three and a half to four thousand balls in the nets leading into Brisbane. And obviously here as well I’ve batted for a good two hours per session. It’s not by chance that I’ve actually tightened all that up. I’ve actually been working really hard in the nets.
“Look, I’ve never doubted myself at all. It’s one of those things where I’m a very confident person. Whether or not I’d scored these runs or didn’t score my runs, I’d still hold my head up high and have that little smirk on my face that I always have.”
Despite his historic performance, Warner still indicated he can still make improvements in terms of his focus at the crease.
“I think the last two Tests, I said in the last press conference it’s probably the best I’ve ever batted, the most disciplined I’ve ever batted and the most patient I’ve ever batted,” he added.
“I just felt at ease, especially batting with Marnus [Labuschagne]. We were really talking about the game and I think sometimes I get carried away with talking about where I’m looking to score instead of what the bowler is actually doing and how he’s trying to get me out.
“I think that will stay in the back of my mind now moving forward.”