The thought of breaking Lara's record never crossed my mind - David Warner
David Warner backed Australia's decision to declare whilst he had a realistic chance of having a crack at Brian Lara's record Test score of 400 as Pakistan badly surrendered to the pink ball under lights on day two of the game in Adelaide.
Warner was unbeaten on 335 when skipper Tim Paine waved his arms from the dressing room to call back the Australian batsmen declaring at an imposing 589-3.
Although Warner did surpass Sir Donald Bradman and Mark Taylor's jointly-held record of 334 to register the second-highest Test score by an Australian, he could have been given the chance to power on to the 400-run mark given the hosts' firm hold of the proceedings.
But the 33-year-old refused to be drawn into a debate on personal milestones and instead upheld his team's priority to force out a result in view of the gloomy weather forecast over the next couple of days.
“I don’t think [that I regret not going for Lara's record] at all," he told reporters after his epic triple century.
"We really looked at the weather that’s around for tomorrow. We wanted to give ourselves a lot of time."
"If we could have the amount of overs we did against them tonight and try to get a couple of wickets, we've still managed to get six wickets down.
"If there is a bit of rain about tomorrow, the bowlers get a good rest, only have to come out and try to get 14 wickets in the last two days, so it wasn't a thing in our mind to go out there and try to get that record or anything. It was more about getting our team in a position to win the Test tomorrow or the day after," a beaming Warner added.
The belligerent southpaw acquired a reputation of being a white-ball basher in the early days of his career but he gradually managed to graduate to the Test level without losing his distinct flair.
He admitted having had skeptical thoughts in regards to his success in the longer format when he started out as a cricketer and revealed a special chat with Indian great Virender Sehwag that gave him plenty of motivation.
“When I got the opportunity to play for Delhi in the IPL and I met Viru [Sehwag] there, he sat down with me and said I’ll be a better Test player than a T20 player. And I told him you’re out of your mind, I hadn’t even played many first-class games."
"He always said to me you have all those slips and gully, the cover’s open, midwicket’s just there while mid-on and mid-off are up so you just play your way and get off to a flier and sit there all day picking them all off."
"That [advice] has just always stuck there on the back of my mind. That sounded very easy when we were discussing it then," Warner said.
The 81-Test veteran entered the two-match series with a baggage of underwhelming performances in the Ashes plaguing his Test comeback since the ball-tampering scandal last year.
Focusing on the amount of work he's done rectifying his technique, Warner stressed he never felt out of form but it was instead a case of being "out of runs".
"I've hit 3500-4000 balls leading into Brisbane and obviously here as well I batted for a good two hours per session as well."
"It’s not by chance that I have tightened all that up, I’ve actually been working really hard on it in the nets.
"I’ve never doubted myself at all, I’m a naturally very confident person. Whether or not I scored these runs, I still hold my head up high and have that little smirk on my face that I always have."