Australia v New Zealand, 1st Test, Brisbane November 29, 2011

What Sehwag saw in Warner

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Virender Sehwag saw the Test batsman in David Warner before he realised it himself. Drawn towards a Twenty20 career before his methods matured, Warner was in Delhi when Sehwag helpfully suggested the man synonymous with cricket's shortest form would make a better player in its longest.

The conversation startled Warner, at that stage still yet to receive a baggy blue cap for New South Wales. But Sehwag was prescient, for little more than two years later, Warner is about to open the batting for Australia in a Test match against New Zealand. It has helped that others, Greg Chappell among them, also saw the potential for far more than 20 overs' racy batting.

"Two years ago when I went to Dehli, Sehwag watched me a couple of times and said to me, 'You'll be a better Test cricketer than what you will be a Twenty20 player'," Warner recalled. "I basically looked at him and said, 'mate, I haven't even played a first-class game yet'. But he said, 'All the fielders are around the bat, if the ball is there in your zone you're still going to hit it. You're going to have ample opportunity to score runs. You've always got to respect the good ball, but you've always got to punish the ball you always punish'."

The conversation with Sehwag may have been the start of Warner's drive towards batsmanship worthy of a Test match, but it was also helped along by Chappell. On the Australia A tour of Zimbabwe, Cricket Australia's national talent manager told Warner his brief sessions in the nets were not going to prepare him for lengthier innings, and encouraged a more longwinded approach. It worked.

"In Zimbabwe he sat down with me and said 'what are you going to do when you bat today'. I said I'd bat for the 20 minutes we normally get and try to get myself in," Warner said. "He said 'if you're going to get yourself in, how are you going to play your shots then, you'll just work on getting yourself in and that's it'. I said we don't really have that much time, and he replied 'you've got as much time as you want, you're a professional cricketer, we've got net bowlers here', so I batted for two hours, three hours and it all made sense to me.

"If you're going to score hundreds you've got to put time in the nets. Troy Cooley [the tour coach] would say to me a few times 'you've got to get out [of the net] then go back in', so I did that a few times, prepared like it was lunchtime or a bit of a break for 30-40 minutes, then went back in for another hour or two. I was always conscious of not getting out. In a couple of those sessions I only got out once, and that was to a loose shot from one of the spinners. I really knuckled down there."

On that same tour Warner coshed 211 against the Zimbabweans, batting for eight hours to do it. Like a young adult developing a taste for vegetables after a youth spent avoiding them, he found that first-class runs could feel more rewarding, and that the compressed nature of T20 had made him yearn for the wide open batting expanses of a match played over four or five days. Lately, Warner's newfound judgment has been noticeable in his T20 innings too, resulting in a consistency of scores he never managed in 2008-09, the summer that had Warner thrust into the national team.

"I enjoy it, I wouldn't actually say it's easier than Twenty20 cricket or one-day cricket but you've got so much time. You're not rushed at all. You don't have to score runs," Warner said. "The wide ones you usually go after in one-day or Twenty20 cricket and they're the chances that you give, you're getting yourself out. In four-day cricket, you shouldn't be getting yourself out at all like that.

"A good ball is going to get you out, but a lazy shot you shouldn't get out like that, you should be kicking yourself. That's one thing I pride myself on, if I'm getting out I'm not playing a loose shot. It tends to happen a bit with spinners, you think 'oh I can get some easy runs here' but you've got to have your footwork switched on and be able to play back or forward and not get carried away.

"I've adapted my game in four-day cricket to be as technical as I can and make sure my defence is as good as can be. That's the most important thing in four-day cricket, if your defence is good, the runs will come. As people have probably noticed in my one-day and T20 stuff, I've started to do that as well, I get myself in, my first 50 is coming off probably 40 balls, instead of 21 or 22 and that's a reason why I've been so consistent in my last few innings, because I'm not going after every ball straight away."

Warner's difficulty in obtaining a New South Wales cap made him hungry for runs, but also forced him to find the right way to get them. "When I got my baggy blue I was very happy and proud," Warner said. "It is amazing how in 18 months how everything can turn around, whether it is playing one-dayers or Twenty20 cricket for Australia, how close you can be to the baggy green."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • satish619chandar on November 30, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    @popcorn : What Greg did was divide and rule.. If he ever felt seniors should be replaced by young blood, he should have gone to a team where the seniors are on the verge of retirement and end of careeers and not to a team where seniors are still performing and have some good 3-4 years left.. He left the team in 2007 and still the big three are playing well in tests.. He tried to impose himself on someone who has more weightage than him and got hit around.. He would have been pulled out when he faced issues with Dada but since the dalmiya camp was just out and Pawar just took the management, they left it out as Dada is from Dalmiya camp!! What Chappel did was simply unacceptable imposing his thoughts on players especially Sachin.. Pushing a very much settled pair of Sachin and Sehwag to middle order in ODI was the main reason for the 2007 WC debacle..

  • ratedstfu44 on November 30, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    LOL yes yes...sehwag is the greatest batsman , even ASHWIN , HARBHAJAN can score century in INDIAn flat pitches...they are also great......:P:P

  • on November 30, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    This Guy cant play spinners. but i still think he will do well in test

  • xampl2001 on November 30, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    Really Warner is following what Indian batsman is saying?This is first time i have heard Aussie batsman taking advise from Indian batsman,why Ricky Ponting cannot take advise from Sachin so that he also can prolong his carrier

  • hhillbumper on November 30, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    Could be interesting to see what happens for the batting lineup this winter.seems Aus will keep bringing in players til they get lucky.Cummins looks good and we will see what Warner does once he has been up against some different attacks.

  • on November 30, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    warner shud fil into the shoes of hayden..similarly marsh shud b his opening partner in tests..just lyk langer..clarke will be an ideal choice for 1st down..he shud now step up his game to next level..as pointing did after becoming a captain..

  • SomeoneStoleMyLungi on November 30, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    Wats with all these Indians saying tht Australian players were 'recognised' only because of the IPL. Understand tht players such as Warner and Watson were known to Aussies before the IPL. Everyone in Australia knew Warner because of his marvellous 88 in his debut t20 match for Australia against the Poms in 2008. All Indians plz do ur research before u comment rubbish on Cricinfo.

  • Timbo2010 on November 30, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    Nothing knocks the shine off the ball as quickly as smashing it into the carpark a few times. That's the 21st Century approach to seeing off the new ball.

  • on November 30, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    Warner surely looks a left-handed Sehwag for me.Similar kind of wristy players who are good at timing and placement than pure footwork.No brainless slogger like the McCullums,Tamims,Uthappas,Yusuf Pathans et al.If Warner can be as successful as Sehwag it will be good for Aussie Cricket.

  • jmcilhinney on November 30, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    @RandyOz, if the NZ attack is more toothless than England, does that mean Australia will only suffer two innings defeats this series instead of three? As for Warner, he hasn't played a lot of first class games but his average and high score are impressive so maybe he does have the powers of concentration required to succeed at test level. Only time will tell.

  • satish619chandar on November 30, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    @popcorn : What Greg did was divide and rule.. If he ever felt seniors should be replaced by young blood, he should have gone to a team where the seniors are on the verge of retirement and end of careeers and not to a team where seniors are still performing and have some good 3-4 years left.. He left the team in 2007 and still the big three are playing well in tests.. He tried to impose himself on someone who has more weightage than him and got hit around.. He would have been pulled out when he faced issues with Dada but since the dalmiya camp was just out and Pawar just took the management, they left it out as Dada is from Dalmiya camp!! What Chappel did was simply unacceptable imposing his thoughts on players especially Sachin.. Pushing a very much settled pair of Sachin and Sehwag to middle order in ODI was the main reason for the 2007 WC debacle..

  • ratedstfu44 on November 30, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    LOL yes yes...sehwag is the greatest batsman , even ASHWIN , HARBHAJAN can score century in INDIAn flat pitches...they are also great......:P:P

  • on November 30, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    This Guy cant play spinners. but i still think he will do well in test

  • xampl2001 on November 30, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    Really Warner is following what Indian batsman is saying?This is first time i have heard Aussie batsman taking advise from Indian batsman,why Ricky Ponting cannot take advise from Sachin so that he also can prolong his carrier

  • hhillbumper on November 30, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    Could be interesting to see what happens for the batting lineup this winter.seems Aus will keep bringing in players til they get lucky.Cummins looks good and we will see what Warner does once he has been up against some different attacks.

  • on November 30, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    warner shud fil into the shoes of hayden..similarly marsh shud b his opening partner in tests..just lyk langer..clarke will be an ideal choice for 1st down..he shud now step up his game to next level..as pointing did after becoming a captain..

  • SomeoneStoleMyLungi on November 30, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    Wats with all these Indians saying tht Australian players were 'recognised' only because of the IPL. Understand tht players such as Warner and Watson were known to Aussies before the IPL. Everyone in Australia knew Warner because of his marvellous 88 in his debut t20 match for Australia against the Poms in 2008. All Indians plz do ur research before u comment rubbish on Cricinfo.

  • Timbo2010 on November 30, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    Nothing knocks the shine off the ball as quickly as smashing it into the carpark a few times. That's the 21st Century approach to seeing off the new ball.

  • on November 30, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    Warner surely looks a left-handed Sehwag for me.Similar kind of wristy players who are good at timing and placement than pure footwork.No brainless slogger like the McCullums,Tamims,Uthappas,Yusuf Pathans et al.If Warner can be as successful as Sehwag it will be good for Aussie Cricket.

  • jmcilhinney on November 30, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    @RandyOz, if the NZ attack is more toothless than England, does that mean Australia will only suffer two innings defeats this series instead of three? As for Warner, he hasn't played a lot of first class games but his average and high score are impressive so maybe he does have the powers of concentration required to succeed at test level. Only time will tell.

  • Meety on November 30, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    @ BlueyCollar - I'd like to think we won't be 3/10 at the GABBA. If we were, & your scenario included the choice between the 3 batsmen mentioned being in peak form, I'd go with Warner as he would only have to survive two hours & the momentum would be taken away from the Black Caps. All things added up - 1. Katich (leggies if we have 4 quicks), 2. Warner, 3. Distant 3rd Cowan. Needs to show consistancy (IMO).

  • on November 30, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    Such as things make me laugh. "What Sehwag saw in Warner" Now when inevitably they have no other choice and compelled to debut him then the great predictioner Sehwag comes out of nowhere. Why these words not published couple of years when Sehwag was assumed to be saying it. Warner cant even play ODIs. 2 centuries in champions league dont make you Vivian Richards or Javed Miandad. If he started playing test, then I am sorry that world will lose another bright talent like Shaun Marsh from T20s

  • RandyOZ on November 30, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    @ Front-Foot-Lunge - legendary for what? Getting spanked around India? Getting spanked for 6 6's in a row? No wickets on any pitch without any sort of movement? Yeh, they are legendary then.

  • Sharown007 on November 30, 2011, 3:10 GMT

    @ gothetaniwha or whoever you're.. have you ever watched Warner batting?? first of all go and watch some of his batting!! and then tell me whether he is sloging or playing some loftfed drives??

  • Kaze on November 30, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    I wanted Warner in test side the firs time I saw him bat, he could be a miniature Matthew Hayden. But technically he is better than Hayden, his only issue would be to curb his over aggressiveness.

  • gothetaniwha on November 30, 2011, 1:16 GMT

    OVER RATED OVER HYPED SLOGGER who will be found wanting tommorrow .

  • hmmmmm... on November 30, 2011, 0:43 GMT

    I'm still not convinced that of all openers in shield cricket he is the third best (assuming watson is counted by selectors as the best), but definitely think he has more prospect as an opener than hughes. if watson goes down the order then kawahja or marsh with and attacking opener at teh other end would be a much more balanced combination and we might not find ourselves at 2 or 3 for not very much as often!

  • Vnott on November 30, 2011, 0:29 GMT

    Warner has the potential to be a legend. He will score big and score many many hundreds in his career. He just looks like Sehwag was many years ago.....

  • Rooboy on November 29, 2011, 23:54 GMT

    @vparisa - good point. Warner's fielding is quite exceptional and is a nice bonus on top of his batting ability. @barath_narayanan - interesting comparisions and pretty flattering for the Aussies. I'm sure Marsh would love to be compared to Dravid but he has a long way to go to be considered anywhere near Dravid's league. But yes, probably similar type of players. And I reckon Warner and Cummins would be pretty happy too if their careers turned out like Viru's and Waqar's. @davidpk - do you have any idea why Warner struggled to get selected for NSW in the 4 day version of the game? Any clue as to the quality of players he was fighting against for a spot in the side? No, thought not, just more repetitive ignorance.

  • Stevo_ on November 29, 2011, 23:51 GMT

    @ passionate_cricket_follower - hahah Adelaide is one the flattest track in the world. Runs at Adelaide are seen as cheap runs, hecne why SA batters are always looked down upon. "Only three things in life are certain; death, taxes and a century at an Adelaide Oval test"

  • Meety on November 29, 2011, 23:32 GMT

    Good luck to Warner. I think he has really re-calibrated his game to suit the demands of Test cricket. It is true that the way he gets out in ODIs & FC matches have been more due to good deliveries rather than poor shot selection. He has the ability & he has the swagger to do well in test cricket. Not sure if the opening position is the way to go in Tests, - I tend to think #3 would be better for him.

  • BlueyCollar on November 29, 2011, 22:53 GMT

    If Australia are 3 for 10 at the Gabba Thurs morning who would you prefer not out at the other end - Warner or someone like Simon Katich or Ed Cowen? I don't think Warner and Hughes are a good pairing. Need a grafter at one end that can see off the new ball which is an openers first objective.

  • pk_brisbane on November 29, 2011, 22:30 GMT

    @popcorn i think you'll find the aussies got to the point where they didnt even want greg chappell in the change rooms, thats how disturbing his presence is. blame the indians all you want, and yes many of them benefitted from his coaching skills (his cricket aptitude is never been questioned), but in general his methods were not welcomed in either indian or australian squads. his tenure as full-time selector lasted less than 12 months in australia.

  • on November 29, 2011, 22:18 GMT

    @ianghose Showing your ignorance by calling Sehwag a flat track bully is one thing and being arrogant and abusive is.... well in the same league. If the IPL is so worthless, please ask your national players not to make a beeline for it. I personally believe Australia will always remain the team to beat (not withstanding the current lean period) but the Aussie fans like you can sure learn some humility to go with it.

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on November 29, 2011, 21:35 GMT

    The same school boy bowling has defeated england 5-0, westindies 2-0 in tests and 1-0 in ODI as of now. Don't write them off.I would say it's too hostile for club level aussies batting. Though ozs have got some reason to celebrate as praveen is excluded, but still zaheer,aaron,yadav,ishant and ashwin are too much for aussies.

  • BattosaiXX on November 29, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    If sehwag is a flat track bully, its because 70% of the international pitch are flat. 100% of the ODI and T20 are flat. His game was developed on these flat track. He would have been like pointing and Tendulkar if he started cricket back when tracks had some life in them. And Indian bowlers are school-boy level. Not one Indian bowler would make it, if they were in SA, Aus, Eng, or Pak (talking about pace bowlers). Bowling 145k does not make you a good bowler and none of them down bowl 145K consistantly. India with a half decent bowling attack would be # in test and one day both.

  • loudmouth on November 29, 2011, 20:49 GMT

    Warner has a ridiculous ability to see the ball early and play with freedom. I've seen him play Steyn comfortably - not an easy task! If Warner can actually get his technique + batting mindset into shape then he could be one very scary prospect for bowlers all over the world. Viru + Gayle + Gilchrist have all showed us if you have a great eye it doesn't matter where they bowl once you're seeing it big. Here's hoping he settles into the Test side well.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on November 29, 2011, 20:47 GMT

    He'll just become another victim of the now legendary world number one bowling attack from England.

  • straight_drive4 on November 29, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    @passionate_cricket_follower - adelaide is probably the flatest track in the world, not the best example to use.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on November 29, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    @ian_ghose: sehwag a flat track bully? are u kidding me? he's got test centuries in Bloemfontein, Nottingham, Mohali (considered as a lively track), Melbourne, Gros Islet and Adelaide. since when did these grounds start having flat tracks!?!

  • popcorn on November 29, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    The egoistic senior Indian cricketers - Sorav Ganguly,Zaheer Khan,Harbhajan Singh,and other Senior players,could never understand what Greg Chappell was drilling into them. The younger guys like Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma owe their careers to him, and acknowledge it.At least we Aussies know Greg's worth.Shane Watson acknowledges it. Here is further proof from David Warner that Greg Chappell made his game suited for Test Cricket.

  • on November 29, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    @Whip you know what Great Gilly avg. against India AT HOME? under 20. He failed. And yes This attack has a proven record in Aus, better than South Africa, check the scores, even Irfan Pathan was man of the match at Perth,lol

  • Guru5 on November 29, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    What better complement can a young cricketer have than words from Sehwag, the man who always thinks a step ahead of the bowlers and sometimes even his teammates. I think Dave's been on the right track to get there and deserves to be in the test team (on a side note though its unfortunate not seeing the likes of Brad Hodge in baggy green). He's got a sharp mind of a successful t20 player and is a quick learner. What he needs is to develop lot of patience and maturity, take advises seriously and be level headed about his quick rise to the international levels. If he continues to do what he's doing now i reckon he is a definite match winner in the making. Probably not the right comparison, he's got the makes of Bevo and Slats.

  • sweetspot on November 29, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    All this nonsense about flat track bullies! What did Aus do in SA going down for 47? Are you kidding me, Aussies? 21 for 9 on a wicket with some juice, and then saved the blushes by some adventure by Siddle! Truth is, no team can really put together a decent score these days if the pitch is a bit in favour of the bowlers! By the way, Viru may not have a great average outside India, but more often than not, it has been him getting out trying a big shot, hardly the conditions getting the better of him. With his style of batting, it doesn't matter what the conditions are, as long as he gives himself the time to suss them out. @Whip - what schoolboy Indian attack are you talking about? There are three boys bowling 145 regularly, on Indian tracks!

  • on November 29, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    @ian_ghose: Why must be so rude?

  • on November 29, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    @ian ghose

    sehwag is a flat track bully ?? He is the only person in the world other than lara to score two 300's even ur cry baby ponting and mr.cricket hussey dont even have one .and the 3rd 300 is just on its wayy.grapes r sour buddy .just becoz u call someone a flat track bully he doesnt become one by the time he retires he will be one of the all time greats .sehwag is a proven match winner and he wont cry when he is on the loosing end like mr.whining ponting.

  • dbjango on November 29, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    @ian_ghose ooh yes mayte.. the rest of the world is keenly watching your domestic circuit in the big australian city..you must be from the one of those big mines in the city

  • Whip on November 29, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    David Warner will pulverise the school-boy Indian bowling down under. Sehwag will want to bite his lips and shake his head in dismay.

  • barath_narayanan on November 29, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    Warner is the Viru of australia.. Shaun marsh- rahul dravjd of aus ricky =sachin of aus cummins = waqar younis of aus

    these four comparisions are just my opinion , pls pardon me if anyone dont agree wit me!

  • Romenevans on November 29, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    Surely! He can do what Gilly used to do for Aussies. Out of nowhere he'll win them games and most probably if he'll open then his quickfire starts will setup those Test Matches nicely, just like sehwag does.

  • JimDavis on November 29, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    awh bless him. He didn't realise how close he was to a baggy green once he had earned his baggy blue. Obviously not one for cricket history is our Dave.

  • zico123 on November 29, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    time to give youngstars like Warner, Khwaja, Shaun Marsh a longer run, more games they get, better for them, time is up for very old Ponting, he has to make way for the youngstars to get into the team

  • jonesy2 on November 29, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    Barnesy4444 -- it think in the furture warner and watson will both go down the order, usman open and marsh at 3. when the two greats retire

  • jonesy2 on November 29, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    vparisa -- exactly what i was thinking. ponting, warner, de villiers, best fielders in the world

  • ian_ghose on November 29, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    Hope he doesn't turn into a 'flat-track bully - sporting-track silly' like Sehwag. @ Gupta - There exists a world outside your little well called the IPL. I know you can't see outside it..but remember, it exists and is flourishing just fine. Lol! You'd make for a great village idiot.

  • on November 29, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    ohhh plz dilshan is no way near category of sehwag gayle generally scores against minnows and in srilanka sehwag has scored century aginst aussies in aussies sa in sa eng in eng lanka in lanka pak in pak nz in nz

  • soumyas on November 29, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    Warner,Watson,Shaun marsh all got their form back from IPL's... especially Watson was almost neglected by aussies, but playing for weakest IPL1 team Rajastan Royals which was lead by the another aussie neglected captain, the magician(Warne) took the best out of watson and the available youngsters... thats how he came back very strong...

  • on November 29, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    I would rate Veeru equal or a shade better than Sachin in Test Cricket. In ODI Sachin is a God & none can equal him. Veeru in ODI is just a good player.

  • deegowd on November 29, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    @sawifan: The real value in IPL is not just the T20 game, but that it brings together some of the most talented quality youngsters and the best seasoned pros together. True, Warner, Watto, Yusuf Pathan were professional cricketers long before their IPL stints, but nevertheless, the time they spend playing alongside and against THE BEST talent helps their confidence a lot. At one stage Karnataka had 4 bowlers in the national side (Srinath, Prasad, Kumble and Joshi), but none since Kumble retired. Since IPL started, the local players have had a chance to work/practise alongside the likes of Zaheer, Steyn and Kumble and the results are there for all to see, in that 3 Karnataka pacers have been selected for India in the last 2 years, solely on their first-class performances, though they only played T20 with the old-timers. Same can be said of Watto, Warner, Rohit and many others.

  • RandyOZ on November 29, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    Warner will destroy the popgun NZ attack, who are more toothless than England, if you can believe that!

  • sawifan on November 29, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    @Gupta.Ankur... i think that IPL and CLT20 may have exposed these players to you, but to say it is the sole reason for their inclusion in the test squad is laughable. Warner made his name in Australian domestic cricket, both T20 and OD matches, and played for AUS in ODI before venturing to the IPL, so he was already known to us. Cummins likewise (tho to a lesser extent) turned heads in AUS domestic cricket. And Watto has been around for a long time, and played test cricket well before IPL was thought of. Watto gained great confidence from IPL, granted, but more from Warne's influence than the actual T20 League. I am a fan of all cricket, even T20, tho i do believe it does more harm than good for test aspirants...

  • vparisa on November 29, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    Good Luck Warner!! Good player. We know what he can do with the bat but sadly there is no mention of his fielding skills in the article.He is probably the best fielder in the world today slightly edging out AB.

  • desm on November 29, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    Good artical means what ? Shewag told Warner coz he alos in the same catogory (i mean same style of a player ) like gale ,dilshan etc........no big deal.

  • Barnesy4444 on November 29, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    To be honest I think Warner would make a good number 6. Hughes looks likely to be a long term opener and having 2 aggressive, left handed shot makers opening is unlikely to work. Marsh should be the other opener with Khawaja 3, Clarke 4, Watson 5 so he can bowl.

  • on November 29, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    It's Delhi.. Not Dehli! Anyways good suggestion by Viru.. He rocks! Wishing Warner all the luck for his Test Debut. It's really an honour to play Test cricket for your nation!

  • bumsonseats on November 29, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    so talented his state struggled to select for 4 day cricke, then batting at 6/7 to strart. perhaps jonesy2 this time you might be correct. then again you say the aussies to get to # 1 soon. well suppose for u 1 out of 2 aint bad. dpk

  • Beertjie on November 29, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    Best of luck, mate! Take special care to play Dan as best you can and you never know what you'll get first up.

  • on November 29, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    we shall see right now he is a slugger

  • on November 29, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    nice article...good luck, Warner!

  • analyseabhishek on November 29, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    If indeed Warner can take a leaf out of Sehwag's book then bowlers all over the world may yet have another migraine at their hands!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 29, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    Nice to see Sehwag inspiring youngsters from other countries too. Each and every team has at least one player in 'Sehwag class'... hit it or out..

  • Gupta.Ankur on November 29, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    I think both Cummins and Warner have made it to the test sides solely based on their performances in IPL and CLT20........just like watson did 3 years ago.......kudos to IPL for promoting new talent....

  • swap123kh on November 29, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    sehwag is great............

  • eyballfallenout on November 29, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    Big summer ahead for warner, he has identical stats to Sehwag.... 1.70m

  • Green_and_Gold on November 29, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    I liked this article - its interesting to hear how someone new to the side and to the top level is developing. Nice to hear about how he is progressing and learning to play the long game. I look forward to watching him and hope he finds some form early on. Looks to be an interesting series against NZ - with our new players and the form of some of our existing blokes i really dont know how strong we are.

  • Mariner_1685 on November 29, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    Sehwag's philosophy to cricket is so admirable. Good luck Warner.

  • Aussasinator on November 29, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    My gut feeling is warner will click big time as an opener in tests. Suddenly australia will get a lot of options for Watson.

  • on November 29, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    Ya i agree with Sehwag....i think Warner will be a good test player.....but it will not be an easy challenge!!!!!!

  • on November 29, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    warnee..............viru and u are the hitters in test cricket and u guys make test cricket worthy..........go on get ur tons............enjoys watching u both

  • satish619chandar on November 29, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    Test cricket has the field settings to the advantage of the strokemakers.. How often we see a third man and two men on the pull for new ball? By 8-10th over u have a sweeper cover and the bowler bowling short and wide to get the batsman caught in third man!!! This happens only with Viru and he himself took the onus to bring upon his style of batting into test cricket.. Warner was into the freelancer mode before his bond with Viru.. Now in test squad!! Hope he becomes another Viru..

  • dsig3 on November 29, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    High praise from a player like Sehwag, but Warner has much too prove in my opinion. Sehwag suffered some very bad slumps before his golden period. I dont expect Warner to be an instant success but he is worth a shot.

  • sharidas on November 29, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    Let David think himself as David Boon and he would dowell ! Good Luck Mate !

  • jonesy2 on November 29, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    anyone who knows cricket would see that this guy is a freakish talent in any surrounding

  • jonesy2 on November 29, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    well dave warner is probably the best twenty20 batsman to ever play, sooo if he is going to be a better test player than that according to sehwag.... getting the number one ranking back is going to be quicker than i thought

  • straight_drive4 on November 29, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    Ohh man this is soooo good for Australian cricket!!

  • on November 29, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    ya.warner is aussies future....

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  • on November 29, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    ya.warner is aussies future....

  • straight_drive4 on November 29, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    Ohh man this is soooo good for Australian cricket!!

  • jonesy2 on November 29, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    well dave warner is probably the best twenty20 batsman to ever play, sooo if he is going to be a better test player than that according to sehwag.... getting the number one ranking back is going to be quicker than i thought

  • jonesy2 on November 29, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    anyone who knows cricket would see that this guy is a freakish talent in any surrounding

  • sharidas on November 29, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    Let David think himself as David Boon and he would dowell ! Good Luck Mate !

  • dsig3 on November 29, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    High praise from a player like Sehwag, but Warner has much too prove in my opinion. Sehwag suffered some very bad slumps before his golden period. I dont expect Warner to be an instant success but he is worth a shot.

  • satish619chandar on November 29, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    Test cricket has the field settings to the advantage of the strokemakers.. How often we see a third man and two men on the pull for new ball? By 8-10th over u have a sweeper cover and the bowler bowling short and wide to get the batsman caught in third man!!! This happens only with Viru and he himself took the onus to bring upon his style of batting into test cricket.. Warner was into the freelancer mode before his bond with Viru.. Now in test squad!! Hope he becomes another Viru..

  • on November 29, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    warnee..............viru and u are the hitters in test cricket and u guys make test cricket worthy..........go on get ur tons............enjoys watching u both

  • on November 29, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    Ya i agree with Sehwag....i think Warner will be a good test player.....but it will not be an easy challenge!!!!!!

  • Aussasinator on November 29, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    My gut feeling is warner will click big time as an opener in tests. Suddenly australia will get a lot of options for Watson.