Australia v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Hobart December 13, 2011

Warner silences his Test doubters

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David Warner's career is only two Tests old but already he has achieved something that eluded Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer: he has carried his bat through an innings. Australia emerged from the loss to New Zealand in Hobart with plenty of concerns, but the way Warner adapted from Twenty20 to the five-day game was not one of them.

Warner nearly lifted Australia to an unlikely victory with his unbeaten 123, an innings of responsible strokeplay and impressive resilience. He survived into the 64th over, removing any lingering doubts about his suitability for the longer format, and joined Bill Lawry, Ian Redpath, David Boon, Mark Taylor and Simon Katich as the only Australians to carry their bat through a Test innings since World War II.

It continued an outstanding 2011 for Warner. This year he has averaged 75.53 from his 15 first-class appearances. Only two of his innings have been scored at better than a run a ball. The average length of his innings is 132 minutes. His near three-hour effort in the second innings at Bellerive Oval was impressive, but when he scored a double-hundred for Australia A in Zimbabwe in July he batted more than twice that long.

"As a kid growing up you want to keep striving 100% to get that baggy green," Warner said. "Now I have got it I am going to try to hold onto it as long as I can and I am going to keep doing that. Everyone keeps talking about T20 cricket but I have always said I wanted to prove I could play the longer form and at the end of the day it is overwhelming to show people what I have done."

Not that Warner is resting on his laurels. He knows that Test cricket won't get any easier, although the pitches might, and working at the top of the order requires intense concentration against quality attacks. He had a few moments of luck in Hobart and he is well aware of the challenges that will arise if he retains his spot in the side.

"There were some patches where I played at balls that I don't really need to," he said. "I'm still learning. At the end of the day, the next game, whatever it is, I've got to be a bit more cautious and more tight in my defence and hopefully I can keep playing my natural game.

"My mood is always going to be the same when I go out there and to achieve a milestone like that is always fantastic. But at the end of the day we lost and it's disappointing to be out there with eight runs to go and not get across the line."

It was a remarkable achievement in itself for Warner to get Australia so close to victory. When he was joined by the No.11, Nathan Lyon, Australia still needed 42 runs for victory. Warner refused to hog the strike and backed Lyon, who played some good shots but also survived two perilously close lbw calls, and in the end Lyon survived for 43 minutes before he was bowled by Doug Bracewell.

"It was our decision and 100% on backing my team-mate," Warner said. "No matter who it is, still going to back him. Every run was crucial. I batted with Nathan in Zimbabwe this year and he hit the running runs over there and we had to get 30 runs there as well. He's a fantastic person in general and was laughing and carrying on a little bit out there today and at the end of the day it's what happens. Doug Bracewell bowled well and it shouldn't have come down to Nathan there at the end anyway."

Warner battled a back injury in the later stages of his innings, receiving attention from the physio Alex Kountouris several times. However he was confident the problem would not cause him any long-term trouble.

"After I dived back in for a run-out chance I then played a pull shot and the right side of my back sort of seized up a little bit and I couldn't bend down but I don't think they took much notice of what happened so they didn't bounce me too much," he said after the match. "Obviously some of the drugs the physio gave me settled in and it's okay at the moment. I should be fine."

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY zico123 on | December 15, 2011, 22:28 GMT

    Warner is looking upto Sehwag as idol, Ponting is looking upto Tendulkar and Dravid for inspiration, it used to be other way round in Australian era when players from every other team wanted to be like an Aussie

  • POSTED BY Kaze on | December 14, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    Lol so many responses to my comment. I never said that that Warner has thoroughly proven himself what I am saying is that as a start he has already achieved what Sehwag hasn't. On a better track Warner would have had a double hundred easy.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | December 14, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    Fair to say that Warner is an absolute star already and makes the likes of Strauss and Cook look second-rate. @Jose Puliampatta - if he gets more tips from Sehwag that would be great for his confidence and knowledge!

  • POSTED BY warnerbasher on | December 14, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    Not only does Sehwag not score with the pressures on but have you seen Tendulkars record in a 2nd innings runchase when the wickets are tougher. Tendulkar is the ultimate flat track bully and goes missing when the conditions are tougher. Look at his performance in England this year.

  • POSTED BY deve8sem on | December 14, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    Snowflake - An average of 75.53 from 15 first class matches doesnt sound hit and miss to me...

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | December 14, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    Quite humorous reading comments on a player who has only played 2 Tests... Get real everyone... Lets wait & see after 10-20 Tests where he is heading... In Test cricket in takes time - it is the nature of the beast... But current form is important & he is in form... 4 innings as an opener, with 2 not outs... An impressive start... But that is all it is atm...

  • POSTED BY shamlaatu on | December 14, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    An excellent fielder and an even better slugger in short version of the game. Outrageously exposing the last man, Lyon, to face 5 to 3 deliveries in the last few overs when 30 odd runs were required is an unforgivable crime. Frankly speaking, he is not ready for test cricket. Better off framing his test century in gold and stick to T20 and ODI till he finds out that test cricket not only requires, patience and technique but also a little brain.

  • POSTED BY kanindian on | December 14, 2011, 1:44 GMT

    @BravoBravo - Dude I never said anything about Warner not being a good player. All I had said was since he was already well settled at the crease, he need not have taken singles in the first delivery of the over. And what is this stupid argument of bringing SRT in this. So in a way you are implying that what Warner did was somewhat similar to what Sachin did in SA. Also India's game against South Africa was already a lost case, whereas Australia could have clinched a win.

  • POSTED BY DesiCricketfan on | December 14, 2011, 1:11 GMT

    Warner is Sehwag in making, he will be a brutal force of future. Being an Indian I wish him best against all the teams except india lol... It felt so good when he tweeted that "he was watching Sehwag on his way to 219. Only True champions does that. Good luck Warner you played like a true champ...

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | December 14, 2011, 0:14 GMT

    Usefulness of Warner over long term does not really depend on him but quality of Australian middle order. Sehwag retains his place because of strong Indian middle order. Both Warner and Sehwag are hit or miss batsmen. A team can only use them if they can afford to lose them cheaply. Otherwise, they may become huge liability on the fortunes of their respective countries.

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | December 15, 2011, 22:28 GMT

    Warner is looking upto Sehwag as idol, Ponting is looking upto Tendulkar and Dravid for inspiration, it used to be other way round in Australian era when players from every other team wanted to be like an Aussie

  • POSTED BY Kaze on | December 14, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    Lol so many responses to my comment. I never said that that Warner has thoroughly proven himself what I am saying is that as a start he has already achieved what Sehwag hasn't. On a better track Warner would have had a double hundred easy.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | December 14, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    Fair to say that Warner is an absolute star already and makes the likes of Strauss and Cook look second-rate. @Jose Puliampatta - if he gets more tips from Sehwag that would be great for his confidence and knowledge!

  • POSTED BY warnerbasher on | December 14, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    Not only does Sehwag not score with the pressures on but have you seen Tendulkars record in a 2nd innings runchase when the wickets are tougher. Tendulkar is the ultimate flat track bully and goes missing when the conditions are tougher. Look at his performance in England this year.

  • POSTED BY deve8sem on | December 14, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    Snowflake - An average of 75.53 from 15 first class matches doesnt sound hit and miss to me...

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | December 14, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    Quite humorous reading comments on a player who has only played 2 Tests... Get real everyone... Lets wait & see after 10-20 Tests where he is heading... In Test cricket in takes time - it is the nature of the beast... But current form is important & he is in form... 4 innings as an opener, with 2 not outs... An impressive start... But that is all it is atm...

  • POSTED BY shamlaatu on | December 14, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    An excellent fielder and an even better slugger in short version of the game. Outrageously exposing the last man, Lyon, to face 5 to 3 deliveries in the last few overs when 30 odd runs were required is an unforgivable crime. Frankly speaking, he is not ready for test cricket. Better off framing his test century in gold and stick to T20 and ODI till he finds out that test cricket not only requires, patience and technique but also a little brain.

  • POSTED BY kanindian on | December 14, 2011, 1:44 GMT

    @BravoBravo - Dude I never said anything about Warner not being a good player. All I had said was since he was already well settled at the crease, he need not have taken singles in the first delivery of the over. And what is this stupid argument of bringing SRT in this. So in a way you are implying that what Warner did was somewhat similar to what Sachin did in SA. Also India's game against South Africa was already a lost case, whereas Australia could have clinched a win.

  • POSTED BY DesiCricketfan on | December 14, 2011, 1:11 GMT

    Warner is Sehwag in making, he will be a brutal force of future. Being an Indian I wish him best against all the teams except india lol... It felt so good when he tweeted that "he was watching Sehwag on his way to 219. Only True champions does that. Good luck Warner you played like a true champ...

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | December 14, 2011, 0:14 GMT

    Usefulness of Warner over long term does not really depend on him but quality of Australian middle order. Sehwag retains his place because of strong Indian middle order. Both Warner and Sehwag are hit or miss batsmen. A team can only use them if they can afford to lose them cheaply. Otherwise, they may become huge liability on the fortunes of their respective countries.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 22:57 GMT

    Virender Sehwag can't bat while chasing! A good batsman is one who can chase which Warner is good at!

  • POSTED BY Meety on | December 13, 2011, 22:35 GMT

    @SettingSun - whether NZ's attack is mediocre or not, the Test conditions were in favour of the bowlers. It was a very good knock, one that he should be proud of. @ landl47 - yes it can be said that Hughes made TWO centuries in his 2nd test & now look at where he is. The fact though remains, that Warner has shown a definate improvement in all forms of the game & his FC stats are backing this up - by averaging 62. Due to the relatively small sample size of his career, that could drop substantially - quickly, but for the time being he is in a form surge.

  • POSTED BY BravoBravo on | December 13, 2011, 22:21 GMT

    @kanindian: You will get answers about what Warner was doing suspiciously. Please check the 1st Test match between SA and IND played at Centurion in 2010 where IND lost the match by an innings and 25 runs. SRT went not out on 111 while he was making Sreesanath and other bowlers to face the fury of SA pace attack. And shamelesly, SRT justified his act. I will rest my case here.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | December 13, 2011, 21:50 GMT

    @Kaze. Warner is a long way short of Sehwag's efforts in tests and I think he would be chuffed to even come close to what Sehwag has done. What he has got are abilities similar to Sehwag, something very few batsmen currently playing have. These are early days, but Warner does have a solid technique, he does play straight, he can rein in his desire to thrash a la T20 to accomodate test requirements. There was a shot past 3rd slip to bring up his 50, but the fact he hits the ball hard and punishes good balls, means that Captains tend to cover fields such as deep point etc at the cost of a slip or a 2nd gully. Yes he might have been caught with a stacked field, but how many runs would he have scpored before that? And at what rate? That is the luxury of an aggresive batsman, you have only 11 fielders to use. Put it this way, I would rather have him on my side than have him against me. Same as Sehwag, but this time he'll be the danger man for India

  • POSTED BY mrmonty on | December 13, 2011, 21:46 GMT

    @Kaze, Warner better than Sehwag? Based on 2 tests and 4 innings? Sehwag has been around for 10 years. I think landl47 said it all. Good show, but ways to go.

  • POSTED BY couchpundit on | December 13, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    WARNER=KLUSNER...the guy who never managed to take his team across the finish line.

    Fools rush where wise hold back to see the results

  • POSTED BY couchpundit on | December 13, 2011, 21:40 GMT

    @Kaze - dude he just started playing test match and you have established his credential already?

    I say warner is another KLUSNER in making, who can excite you but cannot take you across the line.

    think about it. hahaha

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | December 13, 2011, 21:18 GMT

    Landl47, just the typical comment of he was good, But..... . We now he's only played to Tests, we don't need to be reminded. Have a cup of tea young man and get ready to watch the test series between England future players v Sri Lanka. Unfortunately you'll have to have them sit out 4 yrs before you poach any of them now.

  • POSTED BY Kaze on | December 13, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    Funny how people compare Warner to Sehwag. Warner has already proven he is better than Sehwag, he has runs in the 4th innings. Sehwag is notorious for failing when the going is tough.

  • POSTED BY m_ilind on | December 13, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    The Aus team in the past used to have batting failures also, but there was always someone who stood up and carried the team to safety. The current team seems to cave in too quickly. It's probably the mental toughness to fight it out, rather than the lack of talent itself. That's probably the issue the Aussie selectors need to address.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    @RandyOz. Regarding Warner taking tips from Viru. Warner is one of Sehwag's favorites. When Warner joined Sehwag's Delhi team, in the first IPL itself Sehwag urged him to aim for playing tests. Even when they play against each other in the coming series, Sehwag is the type who will be glad to pass on any tip, he possibly can. The problem with many is that they can't play like Sehwag. But Warner CAN. Finally your selectors thought of someone who may, over time, fill into the big shoes of Haydos. Similarly, Shaun Marsh, if given enough opportunities, will grow into filling the vacuum left by Langer. Warner-Marsh combo for opening and Watson playing the role Gilly used to, will be ideal for the Aussie team, brimming with many young talents in the fast bowling dept. In India, we have seen Haddin, Paine and Wade. Paine seems to be the best for the wicket keeping slot. With Watson playing Gilly's batting role in tests, Paine also woudn't be burdened with excessive expectations as a batsman

  • POSTED BY kanindian on | December 13, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    I am rather surprised that everyone was praising Warner for his knock. But I don't see anyone noting one major point which could have led to Australia not winning the Hobart test. If you note closely Warner was more intent on taking a single very early in the over and let Lyon handle the remaining balls. How could an opening batsman allow that when No. 11 is your partner at the crease. With the victory only 42 runs away Warner should have taken more strikes and tried to give as little batting as possible to Nathan. That is my opinion.

  • POSTED BY AnjanDave on | December 13, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    Something that eluded Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer? caring bat through an innings? You must be joking. When Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer were playing, there were other greats to follow in the batting lineup. Ponting, Gilly, Martin, Waugh for example. If they had to carry their bat through an innings, they would have been the highest scorer in an innings in history.

  • POSTED BY FitzroyMarsupial on | December 13, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    I am very annoyed about this.

    Why have the aussies found a. a solid looking opener, b. a potentially very destructive player against a pedestrian Vinay Kumar and pals, c. outstanding fieldsman and d. good bloke just in time for the India tests. At least Hayden had the decency to be easy to hate. I like DW, seems like a solid guy.

    If the aussies get their attitude right and go after the Indian bowlers, they can still boss the series. India have licked a few wounds since England and should have more of their better players on the park - but hot weather and big outfields must be giving Dhoni nightmares. In India's first choice XI there are, at best, 3 fielders who don't need to be hidden. The chances of the same bowlers starting and ending the series are non-existant.

    Still, it's the last time we'll see Punter, Rahul and Sachin go head to head in tests. We should enjoy these legends in the proper form of the game whilst we can - 40,000 -odd test runs between them...

  • POSTED BY Divinetouch on | December 13, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    RandyOZ

    Your obsession with the best batsman ever Sachin Tendulkar is indicative of your undisclosed admiration for a world class player. Very often your blog has a reference to Sachin.

    Veru openly admits that Sachin is his role model.

    Ian Chappell's credibility as an impartial cricket commentator took a big dive when he called upon Sachin to retire but not Ponting.

  • POSTED BY Wefinishthis on | December 13, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    Just going to say that I'd been calling for his selection along with Rogers since the last ashes series. Now that Rogers is probably getting too old, I think Cowan needs to be the man to join Warner at the top whilst Warner can add some solidity to the middle order at no.5 or 6. Drop Haddin for Nevill, Wade (or both!) and there you have something like: Warner (avg 70+, in form), Cowan (avg 40ish, in form), Marsh (avg 40ish, in form), Clarke (avg 45ish, out of form), Watson (avg 40ish, average form), Nevill (avg almost 50, in form), Wade (avg 40ish, in form). The point is that all of thos eplayers mentioned other than Watson are on the right side of 30 and all have excellent records this year and are all in form. Warner, Cowan, Marsh, Clarke, Watson, Nevill/Lynn, Wade. That's a top 7 that has our best chance of scoring 400+ consistently against England.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | December 13, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    David warner was awsome. Hope he does n't score many runs against india.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | December 13, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    @VivGilchrist: What part of 'Warner played very well' do you consider negative? I'm simply pointing out that he's played one good test innings and on the basis of that people like RandyOz are anointing him as 'one of the best 4 openers on earth'. Phil Hughes made a hundred in each innings against South Africa in South Africa in his second test, a much greater performance, but it turned out to be a flash in the pan. Warner failed twice against NZ in 4 innings. He's going to be the kind of player who needs luck, with the ball flying over or wide of the slips or dropping out of the reach of fielders in the deep. Both those things happened numerous times in his 123*; on other days he won't be so lucky. More power to him, because someone who plays as he does is thrilling to watch, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. Sehwag has shown over many years that he can do it consistently. If Warner comes close to matching him, he'll be an exceptional test player. Positive enough?

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    Warner and the other new Australian players have made good starts. But as a word of caution you don't really know how a player will turn out from their first couple of games. If Australia want a recent example of why they should not prematurely excited they need look no further than Hughes, he looked like a potentially great batsman after a few games, now he's just slip catching practice.

  • POSTED BY 200ondebut on | December 13, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    moBlue - are you sure? Have you missed the last six months? If what happened in England was kicking their backside what would you have called it if India had actually won a game?????

    There is an old adage in sport - if you are good enough your are old(young) enough. It's the numbers on the scoresheet that matter not those on the birth certificate. I am hoping that India don't let the world down and keep the Aussies grovelling around in the dirt.

  • POSTED BY Gordo85 on | December 13, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    farkin I agree with you alot. He wanted to show everyone he can play and that is all well and good but it will deppend on how many more big scores he makes. If he thinks making one big score is enough to keep him in the Test team for a long time think again. Usman has been given chances and yet he has only made one fifty.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | December 13, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    David Warner! Aah! What a player! What a humble man! Love his game, love his humility and his commitment. Wish the very best to this Daredevil in his future endeavours. Hope he can provide the kind of force that can neutralise the Sehwag Effect. Can't wait to see the opening pair of Watson and Warner taking on the best of the bowlers we have right now in world cricket. Anything slightly off the line or just a touch short, he is well in position to send it packing. Absolute delight to watch. The kind of controlled aggression he showed in that fourth inning, wow, Kudos to The Daredevil Warner! Batting kept simple and easy on the eyes! Way to go Warner. I hope our Sehwag provides some inputs about his weaknesses to our bowlers. It's going to be one heck of a challenge for us if Watson is also fit at the top of the batting order.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    Yes!.OfCourse.David Warner has silenced his critics with a big score ,remainingN/O.As I had mentioned earlier, Warner also deserved at least for becoming a partner to the MOM which ,naturally, went to Bracewell.But as David Warner just missed. Victory for Australia for want of Partners,he also appears to have entitled at least for a special award for his magnificent Attempt to win the match for Australia without allowing a win for NZ after a very long time in Australia.Daniel Vettori was certainly worth of getting the recognition which now belongs to Rose Tailor. Any way the National pride is more important than individual Land Marks .Congratulations to NewZealand! SreedharanMundanat

  • POSTED BY the_wallster on | December 13, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    another pretender to the hayden/langer throne. south africa couldn't bowl at hughes until flintoff and harmy got stuck in. leave it to the english to sort warner out.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | December 13, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    @VivGilchrist, very well put. I always enjoy reading your well-thought out comments.

  • POSTED BY Gizza on | December 13, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    There are 13 days to go til the Boxing Day Test which means 13 more days of Indo-Aussie sledging by the fans of both countries (and a few others). Love it! :D

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    @ Warnerbasher: If David warner walks into the Aussie dressing room, he will be confronted with diapers and feeding bottles with a couple of walking sticks. After all, Aussies now are just kids learning how to bat. I wont be surprised if Aussies lose against Bangladesh!!!!!!! That wont be a surprise or a shocker too!!!! The grandpas in Indian batting line up are still in-form!!! Dont call it child-abuse when our "grandpas" start what they do best- Runs , Runs and more runs!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY moBlue on | December 13, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    @warnerBasher: yo! new to cricket and mighty ignorant, i take it? or are you conveniently forgetting some facts? IND's "old" peeps have barely missed a key test match in the last 5 years, and have kicked everyone's backsides - we are, after all, talking about the redoubtable sachin, dravid and laxman, all three of whom have thrived against AUS in AUS, in case you have forgotten! laxman started the current AUS slide in IND in 2001, by the way... now your young bucks on the other hand? have you noticed how many tests they have missed lately due to injuries? they are so inexperienced the brand-new warner had to pull a near-rescue act against NZ, of all teams, for crying out loud! AUS fans such as yourself had best worry about AUS and your "young" team instead of being arrogant as usual and overly concerned with IND's older peeps who are perfectly capable of taking care of themselves! do you need another humiliating ashes defeat before you realize AUS team is in big trouble right now?

  • POSTED BY bexleylion on | December 13, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    sorry, but for me Warner cost Australia the win. How many opening batsman with a hundred under their belt, and with less than 40 to win, back their number 11 to keep playing out 5 balls from 'on fire' quicks most overs? And Bracewell must be gutted not to take the mom award, it was he who turned the game with top wickets either side of lunch. How can a match winner not win the mom? Don't get me wrong, I am critical of the Kiwis too, Warner was fishing so much after lunch he looked likely to nick one at any time, but the slips were removed to give the single? A tactical mistake in my book, you could still give the single and attack this streaky batsman, I think Aussies are looking through rose tinted specs? PS I am a neutral!

  • POSTED BY sri1ram on | December 13, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    @warnerbasher, hmm.. if the avg-score/age criterion is applied Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman appear much younger than the grizzled ol' men in Ozzie cricket today, may it be in the host nations or as visitors. So much for incontinence pads and dentures. After all its been only a couple of years that ozzie average age is under 30 while India's has always been around 25 in spite of the grey hair sprinkled here and there.

  • POSTED BY SettingSun on | December 13, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    @RandyOZ - is that right? One good innings against a mediocre attack makes him one of the best openers in the world? No, it doesn't work like that, I'm afraid. Come back when he's scored the amount of runs that Strauss, Cook, Sehwag, Gambhir, Amla, Smith, Gayle, Katich and Dilshan have scored and then we'll talk, okay?

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    I think the emergence of Lyon, Warner and Pattinson signals a period of resurgence for Australia. The upcoming India series should be a cracker, with India having improved and restocked as well.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    Warner can do a Sehwag for Australia if given a chance in all forms of the game. Warner can make the destructive opening pair with Watson across all formats of the game. In other words, Warner and Watson could make the worthy successor to the Gilchrist and Hayden pair. Another guy who is capable of destroying bowling attacks if promoted as an opener is Umar Akmal. Umar Akmal has got all the shots and can be very destructive if promoted to open the innings in all forms of the game for Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY ste13 on | December 13, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    I also wrote on this forum several months ago that Warner deserved test opportunity. However, more important is what Marcio below said - Aus have a bunch of talented players - if given a chance they will make a highly competitive unit. It is time for the selectors to invest in the future - take an example from India, which refreshed their bowling department and included new batsmen eg Kohli

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    I THINK AUS HAVE GOT REPLACEMENT OF HAYDEN !!

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    Warners success I believe it sends a good message to the Aussie selectors as well. There are many players on the sidelines to replace the likes of Hussey, Haddin and Ponting. As a died in the wool Aussie supporter all I want to see is a side that has the potential for the future and not the sort of irresponsible capitulation by senior batsmen that we saw yesterday. Our record in the last two years calls for change. We have the base and talent in this country for some new faces. if we go to the Indian series without at least two major changes I'm going to be very disappointed. My vote is Wade for Haddin and Fergusson for Hussey. Lets look to the future.

  • POSTED BY Chris_Howard on | December 13, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    @Macrio. Nicely said - a rational and intelligently analysis.

  • POSTED BY Truemans_Ghost on | December 13, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    To be fair to Langer and Hayden, the reason they never carred their bats is because that feat normally requires the rest of the team to fail- which didn't happen much in their day.

  • POSTED BY warnerbasher on | December 13, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    It should be easy for Dave to determine what dressing room he should be in on Boxing day. If if goes into the Indian dressing room he'll be confronted by walking sticks, zimmer frames, dentures and incontinence pads given the grandpas in the Indian batting lineup.

  • POSTED BY Doogius on | December 13, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    Full credit to Warner, did what he had to do when he had to do it but lets gets some facts down. Technically, he's not as solid as he needs to be (he even admitted it himself) and if NZ had a bit of luck, Warner wouldn't have got 50. At T20, 1D cricket, theres not a lot of time to work someone out. Now he's in test cricket, there'll be an effort to look for a weakness.He's a nice kid and I hope he does well but its early to make conclusions. For the optimists, add in Marsh has a chronic back problem. Cummins played 1 game and broke down (as expected) and Ryan Harris can't put 3 games together without being injured. Add in Clarkes back and Watsons hammies, back, arms, feet and anything else I've missed, plus the fact we have no idea who our top 3 batsmen are, can't say exactly that Australia has something to look forward to....

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | December 13, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    On this performance alone I think it is safe to assume he is one of the top 4 openers on Earth.

  • POSTED BY pontingfanfromindia on | December 13, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    let me make it clear by comparing the individual stats and Playing 11 WARNER= SHEWAG,(AGGRESIVE) WATSON=GAMBHIR, (POWERFUL) MARSH=DRAVID, (SOLID) PONTING=TENDULKAR,(MASTER STROKES)CLARKE=LAXMAN,( RESISTANCE) HUSSEY=DHONI ,(DEPENDABLE )HADDIN=RAINA( HANDY) , SIDDLE=ZAHEER .PAATISON=YADAV ,LYON=ASWIN ,RYAN=VINAY Punter and hussey should never be left out ,they deserve to play on untill 2013 ashes,Now the teams look even and anything could be the result,let the best team win

  • POSTED BY RJHB on | December 13, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    Great to see Warner doing well but really all he did was put a bit of heart into his batting and played with a brain. Can any of Hughes, Kawahja, and especially Ponting, Clarke and Haddin say the same? Hussey got a good ball first up but the others were pretty ordinary. I agree with Marcio, this narrow loss to a team that played way above their ranking on a pitch that evened things up between the teams should be taken with a drop of perspective. But the major problems with the batting should solely lie with the terrible inconsistency and lack of ticker shown by the veterans who should be leading the younger guys, not being led.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    Well,One Swallow doesn't make a summer but certainly there is something about Dave Warner which suggests a great.I always felt he can be a better player in tests than odis n t20's like Virender Sehwag who is his role model and captain of his IPL side.Viru himself started his test career with a ton on a tough pitch and against a good bowling attack.Warner already has a ton in his second test.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | December 13, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    The next Sehwag, hopefully Virender can have a few words to him in the Indian series and give him even more tips. As Ian Chappell has said, Sehwag highly underrated due to his personal record chasing mate, average over 50 and SR of 82 - amazing. Hopefully Warner can emulate him.

  • POSTED BY VinodGupte on | December 13, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    one century and some cricket fans are going bonkers. i agree he played well in trying conditions but let's not judge any player based only on one performance. remember j krejza? beer? north? do indians remember hirwani, pravin amre, suresh raina and rp singh? all performed well on debut but don't find a place in the national team any more.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    @Benchman Yes Warner should have thought of Protecting Lyon and try and hog the Wicket, as a Young Player he will learn and manage his Running, in this same situation, im Still dont understand why Clark Never sent the 12th Man with Drinks onto the pitch to Give him Support and Tactics.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | December 13, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    He is too good potential to be ignored.. As Viru says, test is the best format for attacking batsmen as the format provides more options to score runs due to attacking field and more time to get set up innings.. Good to see Warner score as he is one good potential.. Hope he has a good long career..

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | December 13, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    @landl47, you seem to thrive on negativity. The man carried his bat with 123* on a wicket that no-one else could bat on. Ok, he's not a South African playing for England, but still, credit where credit is due.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | December 13, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    I'm not sure whether the main concern for people with Warner was concentration or technique but he has shown both here. It just one innings though. Hopefully, for his sake and Australia's, he can keep it up but you could ask both Phil Hughes and Ravi Bopara how much weight early success carries if you can't maintain it. Those are two guys whom most people didn't have doubts about beforehand, so maybe the adversity will make Warner stronger.

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | December 13, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    Of course you Aussies out there know him pretty well, but we Indian cricket fanatics also follow Warner diligently because of him playing in the IPL. This is one freakishly gifted young man, who plays cricket the right way, having a lot of fun and providing a lot of it, while keeping himself grounded. He always gives respect, has a smile on his face and plays without fear. The few times he was talking to the commentators during the game have all been revelations of a wonderful character. Can't wait for the India Australia series to begin!

  • POSTED BY Benchman on | December 13, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    Very well played looks like he is going to be a very good opener a combination of Hayden &Langer and Sehwag if encouraged propoerly & his captain stops backing a worthless player like Hughes (a real fluke who keeps puffing & swelling his cheeks when he ducks into a bouncer & almost falls on his knees with every shot he plays - be it a square drive or a forward defensive shot- squares up with every delivery bowled at his body. Just a good for nothing player really he is Hughes.

    They should habve got Warner in South Africa itself. All said & done he should have tried to protect Lyon a bit more.That is what he should now learn. If he remebers how VVS Laxman batted with the Tail & won a match very recently against Australia - in India. They should also have sent out instructions from the dressing room specially when Lyon survived two perilously close LBW shouts. From then on at least he should have protected Lyon - at that time NZ had all fielders on the fence - OZ would hv won.

  • POSTED BY ali00 on | December 13, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    Australia have another Mathew Hayden and i think Daivd Warner a brilliant work with opening skills and giving more chance to do well in tests. select him for Indian tour as a opener and i would say give another chance of opening test.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    Looks like Australia found a replacement for Hyden at last..

  • POSTED BY cricketgladiator on | December 13, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    What a fantastic player!!!! I love watching him batting in any format....I wanted to see him to get a chance in the highest level.....I am glad that he did and he proved himself.....Still long way to go to be successful in test cricket but certainly he has the ability, hunger and determination.....I always believed if Shewag (no disrespect to him, he is another class batsman) can be a successful test batsman, there is no reason why Warner can not.....Infect, Warner can be a better player considering his Fielding, bit of bowling and most importantly his enthusiasm.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | December 13, 2011, 5:03 GMT

    For all thise doubters who obviously have no idea about batting techniques and were quick to dismiss Warner as a basher..... don't choke too much on your words.

  • POSTED BY Rahul_78 on | December 13, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    Respect to Mr.Ian Chapell. When he first forwarded Warners case for test cricket many scoffed at the suggestion. It is always refreshing to see a good attacking openers playing test cricket. Carrying the bat in the innings where 9 others were blown away by modest seam and swing cant be termed as a fluke. It will be exciting to see Warner and Sehwag battle it out in 4 tests.

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | December 13, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    Excellent comment from Warner when he said that it shouldn't have come down to Nathan. He's earned plenty of respect and with his maturity and attitude looks like a long term prospect.

  • POSTED BY mehulmatrix on | December 13, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    Very good innings from Warner. It came on a sporting wicket, where other guys didnt stay for too long. That will be a good game to remember. Given the doubters he had (including me to an extent) it was a very matured innings. But as he is also well aware, there have been many such players who started off really well and then faded off. Hes very nice, jovial and mixing guy who entertains in T20. Best wishes for him!

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | December 13, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    Yes, he's definitely a keeper, & one of the many bright stars AUS have coming through. I am unable to join the doomsdayers (who have flocked to cricinfo comments sections after the last test). With intelligent player management, AUS have a very good team emerging. Then add Harris, Cummins, Watson & Marsh. Supporters have to realise that there will be mistakes & that not every day will be sunny (we can ignore the haters). There was never any guarantee of victory in the 4th innings, and Australia's turned out to be the highest total in the game. In every morning session of the test 5-6 wickets were lost, & the 4th day was no different. It's not the end of the world. The performance of both teams was almost identical (you'd think from most comments that NZ had absolutely thrashed Australia in a dominant display). The only difference is NZ snuck over the line. Perhaps that should be kept in mind to give things a little perspective. I'm looking forward to the next series.

  • POSTED BY East_West on | December 13, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    Way to GO Warner! You are an explosive guy when T20 is on BUT what a game you payed! I watched every ball until you reached hundred and then the way you carried is impressive! Too bad you are at the other end and lost the game BUT You have a great future for sure! Congrats from India!

  • POSTED BY Rumtap on | December 13, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    It was good to see an Australian score some runs but I was bitterly disapointed with how he batted with the tail. There were several times he took a single on the first ball and left the bowlers to face the onslaught. Leaves me feeling like he was protecting himself rather than trying to win the game.

  • POSTED BY Divinetouch on | December 13, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    Congrats David. Sehwagji knew what he was talking about when he said you will be a good test player. This shows Sehwag knows something about batsmanship.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | December 13, 2011, 3:03 GMT

    Warner played very well, but having a great game in your second test doesn't make you a great test player. Ask Phil Hughes.

  • POSTED BY Stevo_ on | December 13, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    "and it shouldn't have come down to Nathan there at the end anyway."

    But it did and they should have batted accordingly. I think Warne got it wrong in his approach in the last 4 or 5 overs .

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | December 13, 2011, 2:30 GMT

    I like this guy !!! he's a loveable character and a solid player at the top. He would make a deadly combination with Watson. Phil Hughes needs to go and work on his game. Warner can be what Sehwag is for India. A quick start is vital for any test team to do well. It also works wonders while chasing a target for victory. I hope the Aussie selectors pick him for the Boxing Day test against India. It could pay rich dividends.

  • POSTED BY jaggi.jagan on | December 13, 2011, 2:19 GMT

    Where would he figure when Wathson & Marsh return to the line up. I guess Ponting will soon have to make way for one of the guys that is on line for a more permanent spot.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    Good to see Warner excelling at the test level. He's the Sehwag in the making. I guess he likes the phrase "at the end of the day" very much. He used it four times and "at the end" a fifth time.

  • POSTED BY doloresdadd on | December 13, 2011, 2:07 GMT

    Well done Davy! He should have been in the team after the Aus A tour.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 2:03 GMT

    Wish him well, was a brilliant knock he played against us in that game, he very nearly crossed the line too. Best of luck for the series against India!

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 1:59 GMT

    big man, many more to follow..

  • POSTED BY Mal_W on | December 13, 2011, 1:54 GMT

    Warner showed some of the grit and determination that has been needed in the Australian openers - he must have worked extremely hard to adapt his game and showed himself to have a real batsmans mindset. I'd say his performance against NZ has guaranteed him a start for the Boxing Day test, and I for one am looking forward to it.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 1:45 GMT

    Granted that carrying the bat through the innings is an outstanding achievement. But, if you think about it, this also shows the fragility of Aussie batting. Hayden would be joined by Gilly at number 7. Even Gillespie has scored valuable knocks with down the order. To carry a bat through the innings during that era of dominance would have been near impossible (as the numbers show). Zaheer Khan, known for taking wickets against left handers, will be a tougher challenge for Warner. Should be an intriguing contest!

  • POSTED BY Woody111 on | December 13, 2011, 1:36 GMT

    Yes he's from NSW and yes he hasn't earned his stripes the way many others have had to. But he can bat and can bat long. Whereas Hughes looks like a walking wicket Warner looks compact and determined. Through Marsh and Warner (and hopefully Khawaja) Aus have the nucleus of a batting lineup with Watson and Clarke to go forward. Hussey won't likely appear after the India series and one can only hope Ponting will finally call time. There will be more performances like the collapse in Tas but they will become fewer. The last 3 series illustrate very well where Aus cricket is at. It's inconsistent but can be world-beating. It can be resilient but can collapse like a deck of cards. At least this group knows it can win and does so. That's better than the side rebuilt in the mid 80s.

  • POSTED BY takenaback on | December 13, 2011, 1:36 GMT

    I like his attitude not to mention he is a great fielder as well unlike his opening partner who should never be picked again. May sound harsh but Phillip Hughes just doesn't have what it takes, very very good cricketer, but just not at the highest level. Indian must be licking their lips at the prospect of a series win in Australia, well more than a prospect, if New Zealand can beat us it's a dead set certainty!

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 1:35 GMT

    Was a wonderful Test match, I felt for Nathan Lyon when he got bowled. But as David said it shouldn't have come down to a number 11 to win a Test with the bat. India will be the make or break for a few players if they even get selected. I was glad to see Siddle take a few wickets.

  • POSTED BY farkin on | December 13, 2011, 1:34 GMT

    1 score does not mean all that much

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  • POSTED BY farkin on | December 13, 2011, 1:34 GMT

    1 score does not mean all that much

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 1:35 GMT

    Was a wonderful Test match, I felt for Nathan Lyon when he got bowled. But as David said it shouldn't have come down to a number 11 to win a Test with the bat. India will be the make or break for a few players if they even get selected. I was glad to see Siddle take a few wickets.

  • POSTED BY takenaback on | December 13, 2011, 1:36 GMT

    I like his attitude not to mention he is a great fielder as well unlike his opening partner who should never be picked again. May sound harsh but Phillip Hughes just doesn't have what it takes, very very good cricketer, but just not at the highest level. Indian must be licking their lips at the prospect of a series win in Australia, well more than a prospect, if New Zealand can beat us it's a dead set certainty!

  • POSTED BY Woody111 on | December 13, 2011, 1:36 GMT

    Yes he's from NSW and yes he hasn't earned his stripes the way many others have had to. But he can bat and can bat long. Whereas Hughes looks like a walking wicket Warner looks compact and determined. Through Marsh and Warner (and hopefully Khawaja) Aus have the nucleus of a batting lineup with Watson and Clarke to go forward. Hussey won't likely appear after the India series and one can only hope Ponting will finally call time. There will be more performances like the collapse in Tas but they will become fewer. The last 3 series illustrate very well where Aus cricket is at. It's inconsistent but can be world-beating. It can be resilient but can collapse like a deck of cards. At least this group knows it can win and does so. That's better than the side rebuilt in the mid 80s.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 1:45 GMT

    Granted that carrying the bat through the innings is an outstanding achievement. But, if you think about it, this also shows the fragility of Aussie batting. Hayden would be joined by Gilly at number 7. Even Gillespie has scored valuable knocks with down the order. To carry a bat through the innings during that era of dominance would have been near impossible (as the numbers show). Zaheer Khan, known for taking wickets against left handers, will be a tougher challenge for Warner. Should be an intriguing contest!

  • POSTED BY Mal_W on | December 13, 2011, 1:54 GMT

    Warner showed some of the grit and determination that has been needed in the Australian openers - he must have worked extremely hard to adapt his game and showed himself to have a real batsmans mindset. I'd say his performance against NZ has guaranteed him a start for the Boxing Day test, and I for one am looking forward to it.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 1:59 GMT

    big man, many more to follow..

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 2:03 GMT

    Wish him well, was a brilliant knock he played against us in that game, he very nearly crossed the line too. Best of luck for the series against India!

  • POSTED BY doloresdadd on | December 13, 2011, 2:07 GMT

    Well done Davy! He should have been in the team after the Aus A tour.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    Good to see Warner excelling at the test level. He's the Sehwag in the making. I guess he likes the phrase "at the end of the day" very much. He used it four times and "at the end" a fifth time.