Warner keeps his cool over ri­vals’ taunts

New Straits Times - - Sport -

NEW DELHI: Aus­tralia’s David Warner is re­fus­ing to take the bait af­ter be­ing pub­licly sledged by In­dia’s crick­eters, but even if he wanted to fire back the strug­gling open­ing bats­man has few runs to back up any fight­ing words.

The left­hander has cob­bled to­gether just 98 runs from four in­nings in the first two tests of the series in In­dia and has fallen three times to spin­ner Ravichan­dran Ash­win – twice in last week’s de­feat at Ban­ga­lore, which lev­elled the series 1-1.

Warner has reg­u­larly pun­ished In­dia’s bowlers on the seam­friendly wick­ets back home, belt­ing them for nearly 50 runs on av­er­age, but he has been neutered by the sub­con­ti­nent’s flat pitches where he av­er­ages 24.41.

In­dia have seized upon Warner’s woes, with top-or­der bats­man Chetesh­war Pu­jara pok­ing fun at the vice cap­tain’s strug­gles against Ash­win, who has dis­missed him nine times in his ca­reer, the most by any bowler.

“They were al­ways un­der pres­sure when they walk into bat,” Pu­jara said in a video in­ter­view with Ash­win posted on the In­dian cricket board’s web­site.

“I wanted to make sure their bats­men are think­ing about it,” Pu­jara added. “Es­pe­cially David Warner. When­ever he walks in to bat, Ash is al­ways happy.

“So I al­ways keep re­mind­ing him that Ash is the one.”

Warner plun­dered In­dia for 457 runs in the 2014/15 home series, which Aus­tralia won 2-0, and was in­volved in a num­ber of ver­bal bat­tles with the tourists, earn­ing him a code of con­duct fine in the sec­ond test in Ade­laide.

Warner, who has since shed his im­age as Aus­tralia’s chief ag­gres­sor un­der cap­tain Steve Smith, was unim­pressed by the video but said the tourists would not re­spond in kind ahead of the third test in Ranchi this week.

“It’s just a rule of the crick­et­ing world you keep ev­ery­thing on the field ... but that’s up to them. From our point of view, we’ll never do that,” he said.

“At the end of the day we’re pro­fes­sion­als and you have to move on from that stuff. Hope­fully both teams will come out and play with the spirit of cricket.”

The Ban­ga­lore test ended on a sour note, with In­dia cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli al­leg­ing his coun­ter­part Smith and Aus­tralia had flouted the rules when de­cid­ing to re­view um­pire de­ci­sions.

Cricket Aus­tralia boss James Suther­land la­belled the ac­cu­sa­tions as “out­ra­geous” and the af­fair threat­ened to sour re­la­tions for the rest of the series be­fore the ri­val boards called a truce on Fri­day.

Warner said he would be “pretty up­set” if any Aus­tralian play­ers aired griev­ances pub­licly in the man­ner Kohli had, but he was keen to move on.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.