India, April 16 -- David Warner was all about explosive batting and looking for an excuse to get in the ear of the opponent -- forever spoiling for confrontation. Australian cricket's bad boy though is a chastened man a year after the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa almost completely destroyed his international career.

The opener, having just ended a yearlong ban and worked to ensure that the focus stayed firmly on his batting form than boorish behaviour, is back in the Australia mix after being named in the World Cup squad on Monday alongwith the other fallen hero Steve Smith.

Warner 2.0 is no more confrontational. In seven IPL matches, all his aggression has been channelled through batting. The left-handed batsman was told to p...