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David Warner to continue alcohol abstinence

David Warner to continue alcohol abstinence
David Warner, has reasserted on Saturday that he will continue his self-imposed abstinence from alcohol.
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Newly appointed Australian vice-captain, David Warner, has reasserted on Saturday that he will continue his self-imposed abstinence from alcohol.

Before the start of the Frank-Worrell Trophy in West Indies, Warner pledged to stay away from alcohol to focus fully on a tough season ahead.

Hundred days into the period of abstinence, Warner stated that he took the decision keeping in mind the hectic schedule which included the Ashes.

“It's been 100 days now so it's quite bizarre.

“I did think I had it in me to do it but it's about the discipline.

“I said before I went to the West Indies (in June) that I wanted to give myself the best opportunity to get through the Windies, the Ashes and a home series." 

Warner had a good Ashes personally, scoring 418 runs at an average of 46.44, with five fifties under his belt from five games.

But his form with the bat was not enough to prevent Australia from losing the urn to the hosts, making it their fourth consecutive Ashes loss on England soil.

However, Warner felt that had Australia won the Ashes, it was possible for him to have had a drink, but right now, it was not the time to celebrate.

"You can celebrate and drink but at the moment I don't feel we've had anything to celebrate.

“We've won a couple of Test matches and you've got to enjoy your wins because they're very rare to come by.

"Had we won the (Ashes) series I probably would have had a drink.” 

From eight matches this year, Warner has managed to score 621 runs at an average of 41.40, with one hundred and six fifties to his name.

Disclosing that the exercise is all about furthering his career, Warner was of the view that one must be ready to make personal sacrifices if they help the team’s fortunes.

“For me it's about a personal choice and I'm feeling for my body for the longevity of my career so I've got try and put myself and the team first.

"For me to have a good career and a long career I've got to sacrifice little things to help the team and my part is to not drink at the moment.

“By all means I'm not going to stop drinking forever. If I feel there's a need to have a drink I will.” 

Australia are all set to take on England in a limited overs’ series that includes one Twenty20 International and five One-Day Internationals which will be played between 31st August and 13th September.

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