Aus­tralian opener wasn’t get­ting the big scores in Test se­ries against In­dia

New Straits Times - - Sport -

NEW DELHI se­ries in In­dia, hav­ing scored just 131 runs in six in­nings.

Warner ex­pe­ri­enced a sim­i­lar down­turn in for­tunes dur­ing the last Aus­tralian sum­mer and he started the sec­ond Test against Pak­istan on Box­ing Day with­out a Test cen­tury to his name for al­most a year.

He re­sponded with a match-turn­ing 144 in Mel­bourne and fol­lowed that up with an as­ton­ish­ing cen­tury in a sin­gle ses­sion in the third test in Syd­ney.

“You’ve got to keep telling your­self you’ve done the hard yards, you just don’t lose it overnight,” he told re­porters in Ranchi.

“There were tough pe­ri­ods where I kept on think­ing to my­self, ‘Am I ac­tu­ally do­ing the work at train­ing?’ You al­ways ques­tion your­self, are you do­ing the right things at train­ing and are you pre­par­ing as well as you can?

“(But) I’ve just got to go out and keep back­ing my­self and, when I’m out there, adapt to the con­di­tions and then keep back­ing my­self to try and keep putting the runs on the board.”

Warner’s track record means his po­si­tion at the top of the order is in no way un­der threat for the fourth and de­ci­sive Test at Dharamsala, but the old ques­tions about his abil­ity to score runs away from home have been raised yet again.

The Syd­neysider ad­mit­ted he strug­gled a bit when the ball was not com­ing onto his bat as it would on Aus­tralian tracks but stressed he was not alone in tak­ing time to adapt to con­di­tions.

“Ev­ery­one in world cricket, greats and le­gends of the game, have had stints over­seas or at home where they’ve had some form slumps, and that’s just the game of cricket,” Warner added.

“I feel fan­tas­tic, I couldn’t be hit­ting the ball any bet­ter but it’s just that the runs aren’t com­ing for me at the mo­ment. That will come, it will turn around.

The se­ries, which is tied at 1-1, re­sumes in Dharamsala on Satur­day. Reuters


Aus­tralia’s David Warner in ac­tion against In­dia in Ranchi last Thurs­day.

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