Challenge in India would be to bat for long periods: David Warner

Challenge in India would be to bat for long periods: David Warner

David Warner of Australia
David Warner of Australia celebrates his century during day one of the Third Test match. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Australian vice-captain David Warner has warned the Australians about being complacent in the subcontinent when they tour Indian in the upcoming months. Warner has been in fine form in recent times given his impressive run-amassing abilities, something he exhibited in the final Test match against Pakistan in Sydney.

Warner began by stating that he was impressed with the way England played in India, but the latter were simply better. “We just saw the recent series with England and to be brutally honest they played very well,” Warner told cricket.com.au.

He also went on to add that there were simply no excuses to playing poor cricket. “They batted deep, they got big runs on the board. India just got bigger runs on the board. So for us as a team to take some positives out of that … the challenge is to try and bat longer periods. We’re going to have to take 20 wickets to win the game, simple as that, and we’re going to have to adapt straight away. No excuses.

“Whether it’s batting or bowling and taking catches in the field, we’ve got to be on from ball one and have a plan B if plan A doesn’t work. The preparation there is going to be fantastic,” Warner said.

He also went on to add that he was excited about the tour matches to be played in Dubai. “The wickets are going to be very similar to what we’ll face. We’re very grateful for that to happen. That’s the best way for us … to get over there and get ready for India. Losing the Test series on home soil is probably the kick up the backside … we got handed to us and we needed to bounce back from that,” he said.

He concluded by stating that the loss to South Africa was the one thing they required to get themselves going again. “The Australian fans were not happy with us and what we were doing. We know as a team we weren’t good enough. The batters took more of the responsibility, which we should have, and we’ve bounced back. There was a lot of talk about them coming here and their spearhead quicks knocking our top order over and it was going to be easy for them. That was the talk in the media. I’m just glad we turned up and played the best cricket that we could.”