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David Warner glad to be back in groove as Australia make winning start

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David Warner marked his return to competitive cricket with an unbeaten 89 before declaring: "It's good to be back".
Warner underpinned Australia's seven-wicket victory over Afghanistan in Bristol with a measured 89 not out from 114 balls on his and Steve Smith's official international return. Fifteen months on from the fateful ball-tampering affair, Warner eschewed his characteristic aggressive instincts but his efforts helped Australia negotiate a potentially tricky World Cup opener. "It's good to be back and it's a good win for us," Warner told Sky Sports. "We've got to keep the ball rolling. "There were nerves getting back into the camp and getting back into the full intensity of training, but to come out and bowl the way we did helped us set the tone with the bat. "The way I started out there, playing Twenty20 cricket over the last 12 to 14 months, I haven't really moved my feet at all, so to get back into the rhythm will help me move in the right direction. "For us as batters we have to hold our nerve and get into the innings. There's a great buzz and energy about this team at this moment. It's one on the board and we now move onto the West Indies."
Warner, who highlighted the energy of Australia's young side, hit eight fours at a strike rate of 78.1 as he spent 136 minutes at the crease without surrendering his wicket in an unbeaten 89 from 114 balls.
Smith, too, made a telling contribution with a fantastic run out of Mohammad Nabi as Afghanistan succumbed to 207 all out after 38.2 overs, but the former Australia captain was out for 18 with the finishing line in sight.

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