The left-hander arrived at the World Cup in form, having hit more than 2200 runs at an average of above 50 in global Twenty20 leagues and Sydney grade cricket during his 12-month ban from the Australian side.
The top-order batsman scored his first global century yesterday on June 12 at The Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton after his comeback to the national team following his 1-year ban for Newlands ball-tampering scandal.
But speaking publicly for the first time since returning to the team, Warner revealed he was driven by a concern his worldwide career was over.
"I was always coming back to worldwide cricket if selected", Warner said. "That's what drove me, to keep being fit, to keep scoring runs in Twenty20 tournaments. I think going through these tough times and regrouping put myself in the best way to come back into global cricket", he said.
"I did everything I could". In the last game against India, they bowled really straight to me.
Winning the Man of the Match, Warner later opened up about how much the century meant to him.
The unsafe opener has made a successful comeback alongside Steve Smith after serving a one-year ban for ball-tampering.
Warner revealed that his innings, which laid the foundation for Australia's win, filled him with both joy and relief after wondering whether he would ever get the chance to enjoy a similar moment ever again.
"The thing that kept me going was my wife and my kids". And I felt like I did a lot of hard work in my time off to get right.
His return to global duty, though, had not been smooth-sailing, and Warner said that his wife Candice had been his "rock" and his driving force. "And I hold a lot of credit to her", he said. "She's a strong woman".
DAVID Warner has broken his silence on his return to worldwide cricket, speaking publicly for the first time since he wept at a press conference on his return to Sydney after the ball tampering scandal.