South Africa’s ace paceman Dale Steyn says that David Warner is one of the best batsmen he has bowled to in his career. Warner had a great World Cup for Australia as he scored 647 runs in the tournament. The southpaw batsman was the second-highest run-getter in the ODI showpiece behind India’s opener Rohit Sharma.
However, David Warner was not able to transpire his form in the Ashes as failed to get going. The left-hander could only manage 95 runs in 10 innings and had a tough time facing England’s pack leader Stuart Broad. The lanky pacer was able to get rid of Warner on seven occasions in the series.
Warner will need to make a solid comeback.
Meanwhile, David Warner has the skills to hit the ground running and he can take the game away from the opposition if he gets going. The left-hander has an aggressive batting approach and he is one of the best batsmen in the game.
“He’s one of the best batters I’ve ever bowled to,” Steyn said. “He puts you under pressure from ball one on day one of a Test match. You have to take what he can give you what can happen. In this case, he’s been found wanting around the wicket against someone like Broady (Broad) attacking that off stump. Sometimes that can happen. But he’ll get to Australia, he’ll find some form, he’ll be playing around his mates and around his home crowd and that can quickly change for him.
Steyn who has signed with Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League believes good players don’t become rubbish overnight. Warner has been a classy player and he has the skills to make a roaring comeback.
“World-class players don’t become rubbish overnight, especially over one tour. He’ll be fine. I wouldn’t drop him at all. I’d leave it as it is,” he added.
Smith was on fire in the Ashes.
On the other hand, Steven Smith had a dream Ashes series as the talismanic batsman scored 774 runs in the 10 innings. Smith has a technique of his own and it was an arduous task for the England bowlers to get rid of him. The right-hander moves a lot in the crease and it is not easy to bowl to him.
Steve has come…and with his technique that he’s naturally developed, he’s just confusing bowlers left, right and center,” the ICC website quoted Steyn as saying.
“I think he’s a marvellous player. He’s wonderful, he’s got a great eye and a very difficult and weird technique to work out, which is working for him beautifully,” he added.
Dale Steyn will be in action for Melbourne Stars for six BBL matches. Stars will begin their BBL campaign against Brisbane Heat on 20th December at Gold Coast.