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David Warner benefits from liquor ban

The Aussie batsman decides to cut down on his alcohol consumption during his wife Candice's pregnancy

Perth: David Warner's decision to cut down on his alcohol consumption during his wife Candice's pregnancy has paid handsome dividends, with the Australian opener notching up a stunning 253 in the ongoing second Test against New Zealand here on Saturday.

David and Candice Warner. Pic/Getty Images
David and Candice Warner. Pic/Getty Images

The hosts have already taken a 1-0 lead in the series and have amassed a mammoth total of 559/9 declared in the 1st innings in the second Test of the three-match series.

Up for the challenge
Warner revealed in the Caribbean this year that he was abstaining from alcohol in order to prepare himself for a hectic playing schedule over the ensuing 18 months.

And before the start of play on Day Two, he said the alcohol ban is likely to continue until the birth of his second child, expected in January — though a series triumph over the Black Caps could seriously challenge his willpower.

"A lot of that decision (to stop drinking alcohol) was mostly to try and get through England and our summer to give my body the best opportunity (to do that)," Warner was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

"Also it helps when you've got your wife who's seven months pregnant now, and (with) her not being able to have alcohol, it's more about achieving a goal for myself to see if I can actually go her full term with not having alcohol.

"I'm going well so far but I think I might need one after this game. I didn't (have one last night). It (would've been) quite easy to open one up, but I think if I'm going to, a Test series win definitely might bring one on," he said.

Warner, added nine runs to his overnight total to become just the 12th Australian to post a Test match 250.

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