Warner has come back more determined: Moody

David Warner

Sunrisers Hyderabad head coach Tom Moody was all praise for David Warner who along with Steven Smith is returning from a one-year ban following the ball-tampering scandal.

In the three IPL matches, Warner has hit 85, 69 and 100. Moody said Warner has been preparing for his comeback for last six months and his game is technically sound.

“Yes, he's had to sit out of top-flight cricket, international cricket, for 12 months. But David Warner has been preparing for six months for his comeback," Moody said.

"He's played a couple of franchise tournaments over that 12-month period. He has obviously played club cricket in Sydney as well. Okay, it's not the same standard, but he's been preparing more mentally and technically.

“His game technically is relatively sound, so it's the case of getting him sorted mentally and he welcomed the start of this tournament and for him to get back on the horse, so to speak."

Moody said Warner has returned to the game more determined. “He is in a very good place. He has come back full of enthusiasm, full of determination and with a lot to prove,” he said.

"One thing David Warner — and I think all top players are the same — have got an unquenchable thirst for the game and to have success in the game. That thirst certainly hasn't been withdrawn by any means.

“He has always had a very positive mindset. He is a very determined and resilient individual. I think to endure what he and (Steve) Smith and (Cameron Bancroft) had to endure over 12 months — there has to be a lot of mental toughness. There has to be a lot of resilience. You could very easily find yourself down for long periods of time."

Moody said their middle-order is ready for any challenge. “We've been fortunate enough to have three hundred-run partnerships in a row at the top of the order. But we've got full confidence in our middle order."

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