Cur­rent form makes Warner key to Oz suc­cess

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - Front Page -

Hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced a break­through in Bangladesh, Warner’s next tour of In­dia may well pro­vide a twist in the tale.

got a start but then lost his wicket. Ad­mit­tedly, he’s got five sin­gle­fig­ure scores but in 50 per cent of his 16 in­nings, he reached dou­ble fig­ures with­out scor­ing a half­cen­tury. On the three oc­ca­sions he at­tained the half-cen­tury mark, he wasn’t able to con­vert to triple fig­ures.

That is in sharp con­trast to his over­all record of con­vert­ing 20 of his 123 Test in­nings into cen­turies. How­ever, his re­cent form in Bangladesh pro­vided good re­sults in test­ing con­di­tions. He scored back-to-back cen­turies, the first one with the ball turn­ing sharply and bounc­ing awk­wardly. That cen­tury was scored in typ­i­cally flam­boy­ant Warner style; at­tack­ing the bowlers and reach­ing or clear­ing the bound­ary reg­u­larly.

His next cen­tury was Warner’s Mr Hyde im­per­son­ation. He only reached the bound­ary five times in an ex­tremely pa­tient hun­dred that un­der­lined the thought that goes into Warner’s bat­ting.

The first time I saw Warner bat in a Cham­pi­ons League game on a slow, low Delhi pitch, he tried to bash balls to the bound­ary. That method didn’t work. In his next in­nings on that same pitch he placed the ball into gaps, re­ly­ing on tim­ing to score his runs and looked much more at ease.

His fail­ure to score a Test cen­tury in In­dia may be play­ing on his mind but there’s no rea­son he can’t achieve suc­cess there -- he’s got the skills. It’s more a case of him just get­ting out when he’s set and that can hap­pen to any player. Most crick­eters ex­pe­ri­ence a drought pe­riod dur­ing their ca­reer and, with the amount of games be­ing played now, if it’s only once it’s a mir­a­cle.

Warner is a very skil­ful bats­man and one who thinks deeply about his task and just hap­pens to be ul­tra-ag­gres­sive in his ap­proach. That’s one rea­son why he should al­ways fea­ture in any con­ver­sa­tion about the best cur­rent bats­men; his ap­proach to the game. Open­ing is a de­mand­ing po­si­tion and he’s brave enough to take on new-ball bowlers in or­der to give his side an early ad­van­tage in the game. Suc­ceed­ing with that ap­proach de­serves to put him among a list of the best bats­men. He’s cer­tainly the most watch­able.

Hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced a break­through in Bangladesh, Warner’s next tour of In­dia may well pro­vide a twist in the tale.


David Warner may do well in the ODIs, feels Chap­pell.

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