With the series already gone the third test at Colombo presents an opportunity to salvage some pride for the Australians. The Kangaroos were decimated in the first two games of the series as the lackluster batting displays were a shameful sight for any Aussie supporter. The likes of David Warner and Steve Smith, who have been regular members in the IPL, failed to make that experience count and were found wanting by the Sri Lankan spinners.
Ahead of the third test, swashbuckling opener David Warner spoke about being aggressive right from the outset. The first couple of games saw the Australian batsmen going into a shell and being over cautious. Due to having a weak defense against spin, that strategy backfired big time.
“You have to think outside the box,” Warner said. “For me to come out of my crease personally it’s something I don’t normally do but you have to do it in these conditions. If you defend, one’s got your name on it, and one’s going to straighten, which happened the other day. For me it’s about thinking on my feet, using my feet when I’m out here and hopefully putting the bowler off some of his rhythm.”
The attacking southpaw opened up about practicing some aggressive strokes in the nets as well. “You’re sitting ducks when you’re facing six balls in a row; one of them is going to have your name on it. Especially when one turns and one doesn’t turn. It’s a hard game. People don’t realize that you’re going out here day one and day two and its turning square, where maybe five or six years ago probably day three, day four was probably when it was turning. So it’s hard from ball one and we really have to work hard and that starts in the nets,” Warner added.
Speaking about the long-term perspective, which includes a hard tour of India, Warner reiterated the need to assess a few tactics. “India is our next subcontinent tour so I think there will be a few assessments made. I think the selectors may have to reassess a few things and whatever they think is necessary, they’ll take the appropriate action I’m pretty sure.”