Australia in England 2012 June 22, 2012

Warner to switch-hit Swann


David Warner has promised to turn his savage switch-hit on England in the forthcoming ODI series, and believes Graeme Swann may not be the only spinner he will have the chance to try it against. Following a sprightly 74 for the Australians in their opening tour match against Leicestershire at Grace Road, Warner predicted the inclusion of Samit Patel beside Swann in England's preferred XI for the five-match series.

Alongside Kevin Pietersen, now retired from ODIs and Twenty20 internationals, Warner has shown a penchant for switch-hitting that has challenged the game's bowlers - not to mention lawmakers - in adapting to the audacious change of stance as a spinner delivers the ball. He first showed its effectiveness in T20 club competition, before unleashing it on India's R Ashwin in limited-overs matches in Australia last summer. Should Alastair Cook hand the ball to Swann at a time when Warner is at the crease, Australia's combative opener suggested he would not take long in abandoning orthodoxy.

"If I get the opportunity and they're willing to put Swanny on early, I'll definitely be playing the switch-hit," Warner said. "It has to be a period in the game where it's necessary for me to play it. If I find I'm bogged down a little or if I find there's a scoring shot or I want to move a fielder, I'll play that shot so he has two men behind point.

"That's in the back of my mind, what I want to do to manipulate the field how I want to work it. I think they might play two spinners against us, I think Patel will come in and they might only play three quicks. So it depends where we're playing as well, but that's what I think they're going to do and obviously the switch-hit probably might come out."

England's management showed their wariness of Australia, meanwhile, by dispatching the video analyst Gemma Broad to Leicester to take footage of the touring bowlers. She paid particular attention to getting a striker's-eye-view of the young Victorian fast man James Pattinson in his two-over burst with the new ball at the start of the Leicestershire innings.

Such eye-level footage is of the kind used in both England and Australia for the use of the Pro-Batter device, which projects a bowler's action onto a screen before firing a ball from a bowling machine at a point of delivery calibrated to match that of the real thing, thus recreating the feeling of facing an opponent. Well-versed as he is with the level of analysis now taking place on both sides, Warner was not concerned by Broad's presence.

"Just think it's giving her something to do actually, to be honest," he said. "That's what happens, we get all the footage anyway, it doesn't matter ... she's probably just doing some extra work. There's a data program around the world that all the countries get and we use anyway, so there's nothing that we haven't seen before.

"She'd definitely be trying to get some extra footage of us in these conditions. Definitely some of us never playing before in England so they probably want a bit of footage for us, but at the end of the day they've got to stand up at their mark and bowl at us."

Having opened up with the wicketkeeper Matthew Wade at Grace Road, Warner was unsure whether Wade or Shane Watson would accompany him at the top of the order in the ODIs against England, or the one-off match against Ireland on Saturday that precedes them. However he felt confident of his adjustment to softer English surfaces after looking comfortable at the crease in Australia's first match of the tour.

"Obviously for my game it's trying to pull it in a little bit because it does a lot early, especially in Durham it's going to in the morning," Warner said. "But I have to keep going about my game how I do, and if it requires adjustment then I'm going to adjust."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Ahmed on June 24, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    Warner should only think to do that against harbhajan , ashwin , ojha , etc . He should not even think to try switch hit against quality bowlers like swann , ajmal , etc . Any ways , it will be good to watch .

  • John on June 24, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    @g.narsimha on (June 24 2012, 06:21 AM GMT) I would say there's no real need to go on anyone elses threads and snipe/gloat etc but when Indian fans constantly do so on our threads , do you really expect Eng fans to not mention India's recent shocking away form in return? I'm sure the same would happen if/when Eng fans go on other countries threads to do the same. They will obviously get the UAE tour thrown back in their face and rightly so. Yes , I do wonder if we made Pak look even better than they are or if we improved for the 2nd SL test or if Pak played out of their skins vs Eng and are now reverting back to their inconsistency? I hope that Pak come back in this series

  • narsimha on June 24, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    VALVAN-We cant exlude our woefull tours of ENG AUS , even if we do ,lot oif people here will remind us of our teams thirdgrade perfpormance but i was refering our erlier tours where our batters made huge score in u r place , reg 2015,that is far away before that NOV -2012 lets see who will mince meat whom, GJ-704- I always enjoy u r coments but my friend no need to keep us reminding of our last tour to u r place , i still could not understannd what went wrong to our team in those 2 desastruos tours as ours was not that a bad team the result suggest , just a while ago i have seen u r coments on SL-PAK match u r spot on , i agree u r team in UAE MADE PAK LOOK A BETTER team then they are with u r woefull batting .

  • Valavan on June 23, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    @G.narsimha, haha ofcourse one off match, India levelled the series 3 - 3 . but did they go on to take up the series? they were bowled out for 187 in 48 overs the very next game, flintoff and mascarenhas ripped the same batting lineup that chased 316. and what happened you know, England won that game to take the series with 13 overs to spare. If Indian paceman cant do anything in swinging english conditions, so look at pathetic indian bowlers who will be torn apart in 2015 WC. cricinfo please publish.

  • Valavan on June 23, 2012, 21:34 GMT

    @G.Narsimha, when you exclude all the bad tours that India played,India is a great team, baring the UAE upset, we have done much better than India in the past 3 years, mate come on, you cant win a series in Australia and SA, so just keep quite, England have won series everywhere, but INDIA, never won in Australia in Tests, never won both Tests and ODI series in SA, do that and then speak. till then enjoy ENG- AUS, we dont want blah blah india did this that here, cricinfo please publish.

  • John on June 23, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    @g.narsimha on (June 23 2012, 13:33 PM GMT) We could all do what you do and watch highlights of when our team does well. Sky regularly shows Ashes Memories highlights - a half an hour filler show where they'll show snippets from an Ashes test and it seems like they show mostly tests which Eng win whereas the truth is that between 87 and 05 Aus won every series and most of the tests. From the way you type " OUR INDIANS MADE MINCEMEAT OF UR GREAT BOLING IN U R OWN CONDITIONS " you would have thought that your guys made mincemeat of our bowling last time you toured. Maybe they just made mincemeat because they certainly weren't up to much in the cricket stakes.

  • narsimha on June 23, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    VALVAN-Is it that every new comer goes for SIX SIXERS in a over that too in a ICC WORLDCUP , reg INDIAN BOWLING yaa the other day i was watching the high lights of a one day match on star cricket channel played in u r own conditions during our erlier tour in which we played 7 match one day series the match i am refering is no-6 , ENG WAS LEADING THE SERIES 3-2, ENG scored 316 but could not defend that huge score in your own conditions with the same present day boling line up cosists ANDERSON, BROAD, BRESNAN & CO BUT as usual OUR INDIANS MADE MINCEMEAT OF UR GREAT BOLING IN U R OWN CONDITIONS so it is not that only IND bowling, u r bowling can also be thrashed like that these greats always strugled in sub continent .baring our last tour our greats always made mincemeat of u r bowling in u r own conditions check the stats .

  • Martin on June 23, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    @gaurav kapoor. Yeah - Stuart Broad remember him? The guy who put India batsman on the plane back to India for hospital treatment? The guy who was man of the series in the Tests against India last year - an award that no Indian was in the running for? Surely you haven't forgotten already? Well - it was a tour that most Indians would want to forget - so we don't blame you! Enjoy Eng v Aus. It'll be competitive - unlike what we saw last year.

  • John on June 23, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Warner on his day is up with the best batsmen in the world. The problem is that his days are few and far between. If both men are firing it should be an interesting confrontation

  • John on June 23, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    @Gaurav Kapoor on (June 23 2012, 00:11 AM GMT) Still living off that T20 from several years ago? What about what Broad and Anderson and co did to your boys in the last test series? I guess not so much L even if the ROF still comes into play.

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