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Victorious Australia captain Aaron Finch says writing David Warner off at the start of the tournament was like poking the bear as the opener emerged player of the tournament with big knocks in semi-final and final.

The attacking left-hander scored 289 runs in the tournament after being a tough time in the IPL with Sunrisers Hyderabad where he was left out of the back-end.

In the final, he scored 38-ball-53 and added 92 with player of the match Mitchell Marsh, who remained unbeaten on 77 to guide Australia to its first ever T20 World Cup title.

“I can’t believe people wrote him off a couple of weeks ago. It was almost like poking the bear,” the skipper said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

Australia became the latest team to become the world champions in this format, as the men’s T20 World Cup had proved to be elusive for them. The women’s team has won five titles out of six finals and now Finch and Co ended a long wait for the men.

“This is huge, to be the first Australia team to do it. So proud of how the guys went about the campaign,” Finch said .

He was all praise for his heroes Adam Zampa, who was brilliant with his…

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