David Warner is definitely enjoying his new role as a finisher in the middle order as he played an outstanding knock at Johannesburg to deny South Africa a victory. Warner came in at number 4 and smashed 77 off just 40 deliveries to chase 205 down for Australia. His stand with Glenn Maxwell was simply demolishing as the Proteas bowlers looked clueless against the marauding Aussie duo.
After the game, Warner stated that he was delighted with his new role in the middle order. “It’s a great role for me to play and it was my role to try and take him on today, he bowled a couple of wrong ‘uns and I managed to get under them.
Then he bowled back-of-a-length to us both which was quite hard to hit so we had to decide where we would score and that was to target straight. The conditions didn’t suit him as much today,” said Warner.
Speaking about his position, Warner futher elaborated, “The fortunate thing for us was that I was in and we had a left-hand, right-hand combination, that’s what we try and do when you have a spinner who spins it away from the right hander.” “We’ve only got myself and Ussie (Usman Khawaja) and when he’s in the team he’s at the top and I’m in the middle.”
“We looked at the way the boys were playing in the Big Bash and ways to get people in the team,” Warner said. “Talking to Steve and Boof (Lehmann), and what the selectors felt, the key component was to have those three at the top with me and Steve in the middle. I’m comfortable with that if that’s what Steve wants.”