Ponting believes Warner’s aggressive batting style is misunderstood by a lot of people in the cricketing community
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has backed opening batsman David Warner to regain his form and be the national team’s saviour in many Test matches to come.
Since scoring 180 against India in Perth last December, Warner has only made one other big score, which came in the second Test of the recently concluded three-Test series against South Africa, where he scored 119.
However, Ponting believes that it is only a matter of time before Warner starts scoring back-to-back centuries and has even compared his aggressive batting mentality to that of legendary wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist.
“There’s always going to be those questions asked about Dave because of the way he plays,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Ponting as saying. “No one thought Gilly would have the temperament to survive and make as many hundreds as he did in Test cricket, but he found a way and he did it.”
Ponting also noted that Warner’s ability to change the tempo of his game at any given time and adapt himself to all three formats of the game without any real trouble was absolutely amazing and unique.
“Sure, it’s a bit different for Dave because he’s an opening batsman, but the bottom line is he’s not playing any more short-form games than the majority of our players,” Ponting added. “What he has to be able to do, though, is adapt himself very quickly from the changeover of formats, and find a way to be a very consistent run-scorer at the top of the order.
“It’s not an easy thing to do. One thing I know is if he’s playing well and hitting the ball off the middle of the bat, he’ll set up a lot of Test wins for Australia.”