New South Wales Blues batsman David Warner has acknowledged the importance of NSW Premier Cricket in his return to the Australian team following his match-winning century at the ICC Men’s World Cup on Wednesday.

Warner hit 107 from 111 balls at the top of the order in the 41-run win over Pakistan at the County Ground in Taunton, England. His efforts earned him Player of the Match honours.

It was his 15th One-Day International century and celebrated in typical fashion with a custom leap into the air. Australia made 307 and in response Pakistan was dismissed for 266.

Warner is second on the list of leading run-scorers at the World Cup. The powerful left-hander has made 255 runs from four matches at an average of 85, just five runs behind Bangladeshi top order batsman Shakib Al Hasan.

The Australian opener said he really enjoyed his experience in the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition with Randwick Petersham last season, where he made 909 runs at 75.75 across all formats.

After more than 12 months away from the International scene, he explained how it prepared him for his return.

“(It was a challenge), the different obscure fields that were being set because the wickets are a tad slower, I really enjoyed all that,” Warner said.

“(Together with the T20 tournaments I played in), it was really, really hard work.

“I think going through those tough times, and sort of regrouping myself, to put myself in the best position to come back to International cricket, I did everything I could.

“I’m just grateful for this opportunity again.”

In partnership with captain Aaron Finch (82 from 84), Warner set the platform for the third Australian win of the tournament.

The pair shared the highest opening stand of the World Cup so far scoring 146 from 133 deliveries.

Blues pacemen Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc again made valuable contributions opening the bowling attack.

Cummins returned 3-33 from his 10 overs, while Starc took two crucial scalps in the 45th over when Pakistan appeared a chance of snatching an unlikely victory. He finished with 2-43 from nine.

Both men are equal second on the list of leading wicket takers for the World Cup each with nine. They trail Pakistan spearhead Mohammad Amir by one.

Scorecard here.

Australia’s World Cup Fixture & Results:

Match 1 – June 1

Afghanistan v Australia

Bristol Country Ground, Bristol

Australia won by seven wickets

Match 2 – June 6

Australia v West Indies

Trent Bridge, Nottingham

Australia won by 15 runs

Match 3 – June 9

India v Australia

The Oval, London

Australia lost by 36 runs

Match 4 – June 12

Australia v Pakistan

County Ground Taunton, Taunton

Australia won by 41 runs

Match 5 – June 15

Sri Lanka v Australia

The Oval, London

7:30pm (AEST)

Match 6 - June 20

Australia v Bangladesh

Trent Bridge, Nottingham

7:30pm (AEST)

Match 7 – June 25

England v Australia

Lord’s, London

7:30pm (AEST)

Match 8 – June 29

New Zealand v Australia

Lord’s, London

10:30pm (AEST)

Match 9 – July 6

Australia v South Africa

Old Trafford, Manchester

10:30pm (AEST)

Semi Finals – July 9 and 11

World Cup Final – July 14

Australian Men’s World Cup Squad:

Aaron Finch (c) (Victoria)

Usman Khawaja (Queensland)

David Warner (New South Wales)

Steve Smith (New South Wales)

Shaun Marsh (Western Australia)

Glenn Maxwell (Victoria)

Marcus Stoinis (Western Australia)

Alex Carey (vc) (South Australia)

Pat Cummins (vc) (New South Wales)

Mitchell Starc (New South Wales)

Kane Richardson (South Australia)

Nathan Coulter-Nile (Western Australia)

Jason Behrendorff (Western Australia)

Nathan Lyon (New South Wales)

Adam Zampa (South Australia)