Warner speaks to psychologist about ‘brain snaps’

"He's (Lloyd) helped me the last six to 12 months about getting into the right frame of mind to prepare for a game"

“He’s (Lloyd) helped me the last six to 12 months about getting into the right frame of mind to prepare for a game”

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Australia opener David Warner has revealed that he spoke to team psychologist Michael Lloyd about the “brain snaps” that have occurred throughout his career.

Warner also noted that he wants to stop playing rash shots and making decisions on impulse during the World Cup.

“I’ve actually spoken to my psychologist about it,” Warner told Melbourne radio station 3AW. “There are thoughts that go into your head…you try and premeditate, but those thought processes in your head, you’ve got to try and think ‘How do I nut that out?’

“You’ve got to try and work out when you’re out there in the heat of the moment to actually be relaxed, clear your mind and say ‘Right, just get off strike now’. That’s the process that I have to think through now in my head.”

“He’s (Lloyd) helped me the last six to 12 months about getting into the right frame of mind to prepare for a game and that starts two or three days before a game, just to prepare mentally.

“It’s great to have him come away with us and he’s a great tool for not just me but for the guys to use as well.”

When asked about the 104 he scored against India in a World Cup warm-up match, Warner said: “I think I’ve had to learn how to play (one-dayers) just like Test match cricket…place it, try and hit the gaps.

“I can get myself off to a good start, I don’t really need to take it to them. I’ve just started to learn that and I’ve found my way now. If the ball is still going to be there and I want to hit it over the top, by all means I’ll do that.

“But still in my mind I’m saying to myself, ‘I can still score at a strike rate of 100, even if I bat properly’. I’ve now got that in my head and now I can play the way I want to play.”

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