DAVID Warner has opened up about the profound inspiration he takes from Phillip Hughes every time he runs out on to the SCG.
Australia's rampaging vice-captain has now made three consecutive Test match hundreds in his home town Sydney, but none more exhilarating than Tuesday's stunning 113 off 95 balls.
As the sacred ground where Hughes played his last ever match, the SCG will always mean something much more for Warner and so many other Australian cricketers.
Warner was fielding close to Hughes at the moment he was struck on that fateful day back in late 2014.
On his way out to bat, Warner gently placed his hand on the plaque stationed immediately outside the Australian team dressing room that was erected in Hughes' memory.
Unaware of the history he was making by blasting a hundred before lunch on day one of a Test match, Warner revealed post-match that the reason for his emotion-charged celebration upon bringing up three figures was fuelled by thoughts of his former teammate and fallen friend.
"Before every time I walk out here we've got our little mate walking with us and always in the back of my mind when I walk out here, he's with me,” Warner said.
"I always think he's at the other end with me. Every time I score runs here or score a hundred, it's always for him.”
Warner has now scored back-to-back hundreds in Melbourne and Sydney - but on both occasions they've been match-turning.
Few batsmen have the ability to change the course of a match in a session, but Warner is unlike most batsmen.
On Tuesday he worked Pakistan over for 17 boundaries and any mental fight they had coming into this dead-rubber Test evaporated.
Warner said it was more about summing up conditions than making a premeditated decision to mentally destroy his opponents.
"Today was more about the ball not swinging,” he said.
"Mohammad Amir pitched one up and it swung and seamed away from me and from there it didn't swing. From there I felt I could go a little bit harder and take them on a bit.”
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