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Warner worn, but focused on Bangladesh

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Australia opener David Warner says the lure of a long-awaited return to home soil is not creeping into the mindset of the players as they prepare for tonight's Champions Trophy clash with Bangladesh.

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Warner has been in constant cricket action since the beginning of March where he played in Australia’s four-Test series in India.

He then headed straight to the IPL where he captained Sunrisers Hyderabad to the semi-finals, before jetting to the UK for the Champions Trophy.

However, the vice-captain said his only focus is on success in the eight-team competition for Australia, for the first time since 2009.

“From our point of view, it is our job, we have got to keep playing cricket,” Warner said.

“I think every single team has had a long summer. I think every team is feeling that.

“When you are at training and at games your sole focus is cricket.

“When we get to go home and have that luxury of sleeping in our own bed it is amazing, and we will enjoy it.

“But our first priority is playing cricket; that’s what our job is and we thoroughly enjoy it, but we definitely make the most of it afterwards.”

Victory over Bangladesh, whose only ever victory against Australia was in 2005 at Cardiff – a match memorable for Andrew Symonds’ axing following a late night out in the Welsh capital – is necessary for Australia after their tournament opener against New Zealand was washed out.

The local weather forecast is for potential showers in the late afternoon at The Oval potentially affecting Australia’s hopes of progressing further in the tournament.

Warner denied the team will feel any extra pressure to beat the Tigers with the final match of the group stages against England at Edgbaston next week.

“I think with every game there is going to be pressure,” he said.

“For us, it is about winning every game and obviously, we’re disappointed that the weather played its role.”

England chased down over 300 with ease against Bangladesh last week at The Oval, losing two wickets in the process and Warner said he expects another good batting wicket.

“I thought that wicket played pretty well, judging by what the guys were saying,” he said.

“Towards the back end I watched the middle overs of the England innings. They played very well in that scenario.

“(Alex) Hales backed himself as well, so the good thing there from an openers’ point of view is that you can play your shots in the first ten and grind it out through the middle period.”

-AAP

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