David Warner is ready to face Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka
Australian opening batsman David Warner is ready to face Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka which will begin from the late July this year.
Despite featuring in 51 Tests for Australia, Warner has never played a Test match in Sri Lanka. So, it will be his first Test series in Sri Lanka. The last time Australia’s tour of Sri Lanka in 2011, David Warner was not selected in the Test squad as well as in the ODI squad while he had been included in the T20I squad.
Warner said on it to cricket.com.au, “I was over there when Shaun Marsh made his debut hundred (in September 2011).
“I’ve seen first-hand how the wickets are there.
“I know Pallekele is a nice batting wicket with a bit of late turn in the innings. Galle is traditionally a slow turner and in Colombo, it’s a very nice batting track.
“For us, as a batting group, it’s about batting long periods and building partnerships and putting on good totals to make sure that our bowlers are come into play in the second innings, whether it’s through reverse (swing) or spin.”
Sri Lanka have defeated Australia only once in Test on their home ground. In the 13 Tests in Sri Lanka, Australia have won 6 Tests while other 6 Tests ended in a draw. However, Australia’s recent Test performance in the sub-continent is very poor as they lost their last two Test series in sub-continent (4-0 in India in 2013 and 2-0 in UAE against Pakistan in 2014) with a whitewash.
Warner spoke about the main problem in their batting during the previous sub-continent tour. Warner said, “Sometimes we can get caught being too defensive and forget about attacking a little bit. Sometimes that can work in your favour if you attack a little bit more the bowler might have to take out a short leg or an extra slip and put it somewhere else.
“We’ve got to be prepared to bat time and battle the demons of whether the ball is actually turned as much as you think.
“For us, it’s our bat in front our pads and actually using our feet a bit more and looking to score.
“We’re going to have to come up with a game plan to suit those conditions and you’ve got to stick to your game plan.”
Warner also revealed his mindset on his own performance for the upcoming tour. Warner said, “At the end of the day, for me, my best way of approaching the game is to look to score runs. If I’m looking to score then I’m in the right frame of mind. That’s always going to be my positive energy and intent and that’s always to look to score first and defend second.”
Australia will play 3-Tests, 5 ODIs and 2 T20Is in the upcoming Sri Lanka tour from 26th July to 9th September.
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