Warner is ready for round two against the South Africans on November 22
Despite only making four runs in the first Test against South Africa, Australia opening batsman David Warner has called on the Proteas’ pace trio of Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel to showcase everything they have in the last two Test matches at Adelaide and Perth.
Warner’s innings of four at Brisbane was the first time he faced the South Africans in Test cricket and even though he failed to really trouble the scorers in the match, he is still looking to attack the Proteas’ pace trio head on over the next two Tests.
“On grounds like this and the WACA I think it can be [the best approach], because if you play your shots the ball can go anywhere, if you hit them, you hit them. If you don’t, they’re going to be flying all over the place. The thing for me is being positive in the intent that I show out there – no half-hearted shots, be committed to what I want to do, have my game-plan structured and make sure I stick to it,” Warner said.
South Africa’s bowlers were well below par during the first Test at Brisbane, but Warner knows that the pace trio and all-rounder Jacques Kallis can inflict some serious damage if the Australians underestimate them in the next two Test matches.
“They’ve got to turn up and bowl, don’t they? You can say they’ve got three of the best bowlers in the world, even Jacques makes it four of the best bowlers in the world. They’ve still got to be able to bowl, on the day they’ve got to be ready and they’ve got to be going. Our batsmen, for ourselves, we could be red-hot out there. They could be bowling to red-hot batsmen on the day. You just don’t know, that’s how fickle this game is. But definitely they’re three of the best bowlers in the world and we’re up for the challenge and can’t wait,” Warner added.
Even though Warner came into the series having barely played any first-class cricket due to the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) in South Africa, Australia Test captain Michael Clarke was confident that Warner would do well in the next Test at Adelaide.
“He’s batted a lot in the nets, whether it be in South Africa or Australia, at least he’s faced plenty of bowling in conditions similar to what he’s going to face. Game time is something that all of us want … he hit the ball really sweet in the second innings for New South Wales. Again it’s important Davey continues to work on his game and doesn’t get caught up in the opposition, like all of us,” Clarke said.
Warner is also confident that his preparation with personal batting coach Trent Woodhill and Australia batting coach Justin Langer will help him score more runs in the rest of the series.
“I’m getting such good support. I’m getting the right advice everywhere, last year I think I probably listened a lot to too many different people and I was hearing voices in my head. Now I’m just taking in the advice and being selective with what advice I’ve been given. I think the last 12 months for me has been thinking out how I play the game, how can I keep playing this game and keep being successful at this level, in all three forms. That’s what I’ve got to learn, to be a bit more consistent, make sure when I’m scoring runs we’re doing well as a team as well,” Warner added.
Heading into the second Test at Adelaide, Warner is also looking to show his critics that he is capable of being a Test batsman.
“This shows me where I am at this level, if I can get on top of these guys and score some runs and do well for our team, I know personally that I’m capable of playing at this level. Team-wise we can see where we are on the world scale,” Warner said.