Nottingham: David Warner needed a reassuring pat but then delivered his second century of the World Cup to spear Australia into a strong position against Bangladesh on Thursday night.
Warner overcame a stuttering start to back up his match-winning ton against Pakistan with an entertaining knock in which he twice changed his bat, including on 99.
A single around the corner then came, followed by a signature leap and punch to the sky and a kiss of the teammate. He turned to his teammates in the Trent Bridge pavilion, where Steve Smith acknowledged the ton.
His 16th one-day international century, joining Adam Gilchrist in third spot for most tons by an Australian, came off 110 balls, complete with seven boundaries and two sixes.
It also came on a day when former England skipper Michael Vaughan said Aaron Finch should be considered as a middle-order batsman for the Ashes after the World Cup skipper continued his good form.
Warner's strike-rate of 77 runs per 100 balls heading into this clash has been a point of debate, for it was felt the Australians needed the former vice-captain to return to his old turbo-charged style if they were to defend their title. Whether it is because of his elbow injury, through instructions or a determination to not lose his wicket, this remains a point of intrigue but any argument is weighed against Warner being one of the top three run scorers through the tournament.
He overcame a sluggish start when he had 12 off 19 deliveries and even had Finch give him a pat to not worry about his inconsistent touch. That turned and he notched his fourth half-century of the tournament off 55 balls, complete with four boundaries and two sixes, one over mid-wicket off star allrounder Shakib Al Hasan.
After 36 overs, Australia were 1-212, with Warner unbeaten on 110 and Usman Khawaja 42 not out.
Finch made 53 off 51 deliveries and shared in a 121-run stand with Warner, having won the coin toss for the first time in eight attempts and had no hesitation on batting first on a grassless deck.
Fresh off his blazing 153 against Sri Lanka, Finch posted his fourth half-century of the tournament but wasted an opportunity for another hundred when he glided medium pacer Soumya Sarkar to short third man. The manner of the stroke suggested he did not know the fieldsman had been brought into the inner circle.
Such was his fluent batting that it prompted former England spinner Graeme Swann to declare he would hand Finch a Test return as an opener come the Ashes.
"I would play him if I was Australia. He is playing ever so well," he said.
While that seems unlikely, with Warner and Marcus Harris expected to have the key role, Vaughan said Finch could bat in the middle order, a role he has for his home state of Victoria.
"I wouldn't be surprised to see him batting in the middle somewhere, five or six for the Ashes," he said.
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