India in Australia 2016 January 27, 2016

Save big shots for Indian grounds - Warner


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David Warner has counselled his teammates to shelve a few of their big shots before the journey to the World Twenty20, after a succession of intemperate strokes led to a heavy loss in their short-form opener against India in Adelaide.

Also critical of Australia's fielding on Tuesday night in Adelaide, Warner homed in on the issue of batting with more control and respect for the size of Australian grounds, after Ravindra Jadeja and company were able to sucker the hosts into repeated errors with wily spin bowling.

"It was 4 for 50 off eight, that's always something we need to improve on - it's something we've always spoken about," Warner said on arrival in Melbourne. "During those middle overs, I think a lot of us get carried away with trying to play a lot of big shots and not actually trying to take advantage of the big fields in Australia.

"I think in India you get away with trying to hit boundaries because it's a bit smaller, if you just hit either side of the fielders around the bat you can get a lot more value for your shots. Basically here our batting wasn't there last night and that's trying to get twos on the big fields.

"We have to be mindful of that and careful. Losing 4 for 50 in eight overs to spin is not ideal, and something we have to work on is pinching those twos and hitting the ball down the ground. You can go for the odd big shot, generally that comes in the first two balls of the over, then you've got to see if you can score six or seven an over after that."

The opening defeat, Australia's second loss in a row after they also allowed India to successfully chase a steep target in the final ODI in Sydney, has ramped up further pressure over the issue of Usman Khawaja's absence from the national team, despite his prolific scoring of late. Warner maintained that others deserved their chance.

"There's obviously been a lot of hype and talk about Usman Khawaja, but at the end of the day if you can tell us who the selectors can leave out then you've got a discussion there," he said. "But at the moment all of the guys going as well as they can.

"The nature of the beast in this game is you've got to keep scoring runs and wait for that one person to hopefully not stuff up and take their place. All the guys are in serious form and it's going to be a very hard nut to crack."

Australia's players are wired up to converse with the Channel Nine commentators during T20Is at home, and Steven Smith appeared distracted at times by the back and forth before his dismissal, which earned a sizeable send-off from Virat Kohli. However, Warner defended the practice, saying players needed to be prepared to entertain as well as play.

"We've been doing that for the last couple of years," he said. "Obviously it's not in the interests of Channel Nine to disturb us while we're out there and for us to be dismissed. It's upon us to be responsible and professional to understand that's what's happened when you're out there.

"It's about entertainment, that's why we've seen it with the Big Bash, we've done it plenty of times on Channel Nine, it gives a great insight for people at home to understand how we're dealing with situations when we're out there. I've done it and I feel no added pressure, it's great I can actually give people at home an indication of what we're trying to achieve."

The second match of the series is at the MCG on Friday.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @danbrettig

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  • Mick on January 29, 2016, 6:32 GMT

    Warner is wrong. It does not have to be about dropping someone from the squad. They are already rotating players in and out of the side. If you really want to win, you are crazy to leave Khawaja out. No one can say he is not in the best 11 right now. He should open as well to take advantage of field restrictions. Finch can drop down the order if necessary as long as still selected. Don't think Tait is a wise selection. Bowlers need control. Select miserly bowlers that can bat as well if possible.

  • Craig on January 29, 2016, 0:36 GMT

    The Aussies missing both Bailey and Mitch Marsh imo. Warner has got it spot on. We need to be more selective in your shot making on larger Aussie grounds. No sweeping in front of your stumps and use all of the crease. Above all be positive against Ashwin and Jadeja. Do not let them settle into a rhythm.

  • Ashok on January 28, 2016, 14:33 GMT

    Australia missed their big hitter, Maxwell in the first T20. They did not have Bailey either. That was the main reason for a rather one sided easy win for India. In the second T20 they will miss both Smith & Warner in addition to Bailey. But Maxwell is back. It is the combo of these 4 bats that the Aussies need. I expect another Indian Win unless the Aussie bowling suddenly gets converted to super stars! Indian bowling need to be more disciplined especially from the new comer, Hardik. Ashwin should also focus on avoiding a 17 run first over. Warner's comment of 50 in first 8 was made possible by Hardik & Ashwin's erratic first overs. Nehra & Gumrah as the opening bowlers for first 4 overs is still the Norm. Hopefully Dhoni will follow that. Dhawan & Rohit need to give India a better start. If Rahane is fit, he is a better option to replace Dhawan as the opener. His IPL record proves it. Lets Go, India!

  • Pony on January 28, 2016, 5:51 GMT

    These are meaningless T20s.The best way to utilise them is to test new players,check which batting line-up works and see which players fit in the team.Given Aus are at home,they are doing the right thing by giving young players chances now.This will help them in picking squad for WC.Khawaja is in brilliant form and can be picked directly for WC.They will give him chance sooner or later.Indian team seems to have finally learnt some lessons after first 4 ODIs.They gave chances to Manish,Bumrah,Gurkeerat,Rishi,Hardik,Nehra.Manish and Bumrah have been brilliant.Hardik and Yuvi need to be given chance to bat at top order.May be rest Dhawan.

  • Uday on January 28, 2016, 5:35 GMT

    @ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4 If i were to follow your 'logic' i would say, Australia saw Rohit and Kohli's batting form and pulled out fully fit Josh, held back Usman Khwaja. But everyone knows that's far from truth. And regarding your 2-1 prediction, we won't have to wait for long.

  • BIKIRAN on January 28, 2016, 5:00 GMT

    Want to add something to the "wiry stuff" here.In a game of all stars league series(veterans), best of 3 and played last year in USA, similar incident happened with Virendra Sehwag.He was going well and just after a conversation with the commentator( right up to the point where he faced the ball), got an inside edge to stumps.Now one can attribute that to coincidence as well.But, personally I think it is better to exercise caution in case of batsman taking strike.Batsmanship, depending on individuals, can require considerable focus and denial of intellectual isolation necessary for a batsman can be deemed unfair, in a manner similar to that in which sledging may be considered unfair in a pure cricketing sense by some.

  • Satish Chandar on January 28, 2016, 4:17 GMT

    Wiring up and tallking and getting out is a great thing.. But it is great thing only in domestic cricketainment stuffs like BBL.. I wouldn't prefer a player even in a level higher domestic tournament as in IPL too.. International cricket deserves respect.. Being captain in other formats, Smith shouldn't have gone with that offer.. A Watson or a Maxwell are better as they are too carefree players and none expects sense or responsibility from them.. Had this been Smith from 2013-2014, none would have cared either.. There is more on stake now.. Who knows? He made the way for the mid over collapse by miking..

  •   Rajaram Janardhanan P on January 28, 2016, 4:13 GMT

    Hi, I just read that post by "electric loco" that india was lucky because warner got out early...but I think Australia was lucky because rohit sharma mishit...the form he is in and the way he started aussie would have been chasing ..250 and imagine dhoni staying for another

  • sam on January 28, 2016, 3:52 GMT

    We are back at the MCG. Who can forget that 'historic' game the last time Ind and Aus came up against 1 another in a t20 int on that ground. That famous 52 all out by Ind in 12 overs-the record lowest score in t20 intls!

  • Vinod on January 28, 2016, 3:37 GMT

    All Warner said was due to big Aus grounds, more awareness was needed for taking singles and converting 1.5 to 2's instead of looking for the boundaries most of the time and the comparison he gave was with indian grounds which due to their size would make the boundary approach more feasible than on Aus grounds, i fail to see why so many posters-especially from my neck of the woods turning this into an US vs them battleground...seriously - what Warner stated was the obvious....can we discuss the rest of the matches in good sportsmanspirits and leave the nasty one-upmanship games out....cricinfo plz publish....

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