Warner looking forward to Sri Lankan debut


Australia opener David Warner has never played a Test in Sri Lanka, but is undaunted by the prospect and hopes his improved record in recent years will hold him in good stead come July.

Australia will play three Tests there in two months, and while Warner hasn't played a Test there, he feels he knows what to expect, having seen what others have done, and also playing short format cricket there.

He told the Cricket Australia website: "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 in play come the second innings, whether it's through reverse (swing) or spin."

Warner added that he wouldn't fall into the trap of being too defensive on the spinning tracks, like he has done in the past, and will be looking to play his usual brand of attacking cricket.

He added: "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 turn 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."