Warner confident slump will end
Australia opener David Warner feels confident that his poor run of form in India will soon come to an end.
The Baggy Green vice-captain has scored just 131 runs in six innings in India with a top score of 38 increasing the gulf between his home Test average and his record abroad.
He is currently being outperformed by his 20-year-old opening partner Matthew Renshaw whose gritty approach has reaped rewards while Warner’s aggressive approach has proven fruitless.
Speaking after the third Test against India was drawn in Ranchi Warner said: “I feel fantastic, I couldn’t be hitting the ball any better but it’s just that the runs aren’t coming for me at the moment.
“That will come, it will turn around. I just have to keep being disciplined and making sure that my preparation is still the same – not change anything, and just go about my business as I do.
“Numbers always pop up everywhere. For me it’s about putting my best foot forward and trying to put my team in a position that we can either defend or win games.
“That’s what that’s about. Everyone in world cricket, greats and legends of the game have had stints overseas or at home [where] they’ve had some form slumps. That’s just the game of cricket.”
Warner’s recent hundreds in Test cricket have come against weaker opposition in the shape of Pakistan and before that the West Indies while he struggled against the quality of South Africa and India something that does not bode well for the Ashes.
The aggressive left-hander doesn’t want to fall into the trap of second guessing himself though.
He went on: “That’s where in the back of your mind you’ve got to keep telling yourself you’ve done the hard yards, you just don’t lose it overnight.
“There were tough periods where I kept on thinking to myself ‘am I actually doing the work at training?’ I sort of second guessed myself.
“I had a couple of words to some boys around Christmas time and they weren’t seeing any trends or anything with my dismissals, everything I was doing at training was spot on and in the normal way I go about it. Nothing’s changed, it’s still the same.
“I’ve just got to go out and keep backing myself and, when I’m out there, adapt to the conditions and then keep backing myself to try and keep putting the runs on the board.”
While his partnership with Renshaw has yielded a few fifty partnerships Warner conceded that they really need to be putting on bigger stands.
He added: “For the team’s sake we need to get off to a good start.
“As a partnership, me and Renners have been getting off to an okay start. None for 50 over here, you need those to be none for 100. We’ve seen the Indians do it before, batting big and [making] partnerships of 200.”
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