Warner backed himself in fourth innings

Top Story

Australia opener David Warner ended a lean run in Asia when he scored a century in the fourth innings of the first Test against Bangladesh.

The Baggy Green vice-captain feels that the secret to overcoming his Asian hoodoo was to back himself and think on his feet.

He said after the defeat to Bangladesh: “In a fourth innings in the subcontinent on a turning wicket. There are a lot of mental things that go through your head.

“You have got to overcome those. And with the conditions as well you have got to be fast on your feet.

“For me, it was about coming out and backing myself and my gameplan. I probably tinkered with it a lot over the last couple of years in these conditions and probably just didn’t nail the basics of what I do best … attacking and then defending.

“That’s when I am at my best and I always talk about my defence taking care of itself if I am having that attacking approach.

“And I just showed myself and proved to myself that I am capable of doing it on turning tracks.”

ALSO READ: Smith: We let ourselves down in the first innings

Warner put his dip in form which started in Sri Lanka in 2016 down to a lack of confidence.

He added: “I think (the doubts) probably hit me in Sri Lanka.

“I felt sometimes there I was getting beaten all the time on the inside (of the bat); I was always getting lbw or if it was a little bit wider I would play it a little bit instead of playing the line.

“It takes time to get used to these conditions and hopefully my time has come now.

“That took probably longer than I expected.”

His hundred allowed Australia to fall just short of victory when they looked to be nailed on for a big loss.

The second Test against Bangladesh gets underway in Chittagong on September 4.

Latest