Chappell believes Warner will continue to excel if he plays his natural game
Former Australia captain Ian Chappell has advised opening batsman David Warner to keep approaching Test cricket with an aggressive mindset since it is his natural game.
With Warner only having scored one century during the recently concluded three-Test series against South Africa, there have been people advising him to start taking a more controlled approach instead of trying to smash every delivery to the boundary.
However, Chappell noted that Warner needed to keep receiving support and assurances from his team-mates that his flamboyant style of play is still looked upon favourably.
“I’m more worried about what they’re expecting of him,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Chappell as saying. “Some of the things I’ve read, some of his quotes, I’m just a bit worried that he’s starting to think he has to tighten up. I hope they don’t get into his head too much. Those sort of players are, ‘Don’t overthink it, just see the ball, hit the ball,’ and that’s about it.”
Chappell stated that Warner’s Test century against New Zealand at Hobart last year was a classic example of where the big-hitter adopted a more patient and disciplined mindset in order to carry the team on his shoulders.
The former Australian captain also mentioned that Warner’s power and brute strength are the exact traits that make him a unique batsman in Test cricket.
“He’ll see a ball and think, ‘I can hit this for four,’ and [occasionally] he’ll nick it, but that’s life; he’s got that [in his game] and it’s there,” Chappell added. “But, you can tell he’s a competitor, you only need to watch him fielding to see that.”