Australia in India 2010 October 18, 2010

Warner aims to be the new Gilchrist

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David Warner has his sights firmly set on becoming the new Adam Gilchrist at the top of Australia's one-day batting line-up. Warner, 23, is in India with the ODI squad and Australia's selectors are keen to see how he performs in the 50-over format on the subcontinent, with a potential World Cup place up for grabs.

Although Australia have largely used Warner as a Twenty20 specialist, he also played seven ODIs last year and once bludgeoned a memorable 165 in a one-day game for New South Wales. His all-or-nothing style might not always suit the pacing of 50-over cricket but he hopes he can play a similar role to Gilchrist, who was viewed by every opponent as a potential matchwinner.

"I see myself as similar to Adam Gilchrist, more of an X-factor player, where I go out there and try to mimic his role as he played," Warner told reporters in India. "He was aggressive, he might've come off one in five innings as well, but he changed the course of the game.

"Everyone was talking about, 'We've got to get Adam out, if we don't get him out then he could put 100 on in 10 overs'. I look up to him as that kind of player, an impact player, where if I can get off to a good start, I can put the other team on the back foot and make them worry about how they're going to get myself out, instead of the other players they should be worrying about as well."

The most recent of Warner's one-day internationals came against Scotland last August, but that was a one-off encounter used as a warm-up for Twenty20s against England. During his six earlier games Warner made one significant score - 69 against South Africa in Sydney - but he said he had found it hard to adjust from Twenty20 in his initial steps on the ODI scene.

"I felt that I had to keep going the same pace and one tempo, and that's where I reckon I've matured now and I've learned to adapt," Warner said. "There were little things there where I wasn't in the right position, so that's the thing that was out, but if I go back into the same situation I'm going to do the same thing because it was there to hit.

"But in the end I was probably feeling a bit of pressure because I wasn't scoring runs. I'm still going to play the same way I play, but not trying to go after every ball - I've got 50 overs, not 20. Now I reckon I'm mature enough that I can try to last 50 overs."

Warner's opportunity in India was granted when the selectors decided to rest Shane Watson ahead of the Ashes, but rain washed out the first ODI in Kochi on Sunday. There are also concerns over the weather for the remaining two games, in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday and Margao on Sunday.

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  • on October 24, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    Ha HA what a joke!!! no one can take place of GILLY except for Gilly HimSelf..... Warner needs to perform more and speak less!!!

  • CandidIndian on October 21, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    Batting style of Warner is much like Gilly , he too plays attacking cricket. He surely has the potential to do it ,only question is can he play fearless cricket like Gilly and will he get enough chances to do that only time will tell . He is bright prospect for sure.

  • MasterClass on October 20, 2010, 1:32 GMT

    Hey, I wish him luck, just not against India :) One thing to remember is that Gilly had superb eye-hand coordination with extraordinary timing. Kinda like Sehwag. Methinks not everyone can have that, and I don't recall Warner possessing such skills. But who knows, maybe he'll pick up a few pointers from his DD team mate. The maturity / patience to build and innings....hummm that's another matter.

  • Go_F.Alonso on October 19, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    Dream Big if you want to be successful, even if it means beating Gilly to it. Dave's pretty young .. who knows where he'll end up? Good luck dave.

  • Meety on October 19, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    @landl47 - true aspects of what you have said. Warner wants to establish himself in 1st class cricket, but what we see here is the case of money distorting priority. The riches of the IPL will see higher value placed on players with extreme specialist skills. Warner's skill is in T20s is to smack the ball around for a 200+ S/R. He has an opportunity to try an establish himself as an 50/50 player - good luck to him. @manasvi_lingam - interesting re: Warner @7, he is trying to develop his legspin so maybe he could become a limited over allrounder. I would still take Steven Smith over Warner in 50/50 matches. I think Warner needs to adjust his game for 50/50, slow his tempo down a notch, realise that a S/R of 80+ is pretty good. He is a clean hitter of the ball and if he just showed better shot selection bigger scores could come.

  • on October 19, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    Dont compare him with Gilly... He is an Legand in International Cricket as well as in Australia... He is one of the masters of tackling games progress and helps to find the way to boost the match... Both with Bat and Gloves....

  • VP007 on October 19, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    No 1 Can take Gilly's place hs is the great

  • Apache_Indian on October 19, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    @ Rooboy .. Agreed ! ...................

  • Apache_Indian on October 19, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    Yes, why not... he has proved himself in T-20 Cricket,,, I still remember, once he had said that playing in Test Cricket is every youngster's dream and he too wants to play; Good to hear something like this from a youngster who is known for his big hitting. I love this guy.

  • Rooboy on October 19, 2010, 2:32 GMT

    Quite humourous how so many people want to criticise any time an Australian player comments ... some apparently do so without even bothering to read the article! As nzcricket174 rightly points out, Warner is simply saying he wants to emulate Gilchrist. Who can blame him? To all the haters - no Warner isn't a keeper and no he doesn' have the runs on the board yet, but the essence of what Warner is saying is true. Any ODI where Warner survives for 100 or so deliveries, the Australia run rate will be over 6 and Aus well on the way to winning, as it was with Gilly

  • on October 24, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    Ha HA what a joke!!! no one can take place of GILLY except for Gilly HimSelf..... Warner needs to perform more and speak less!!!

  • CandidIndian on October 21, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    Batting style of Warner is much like Gilly , he too plays attacking cricket. He surely has the potential to do it ,only question is can he play fearless cricket like Gilly and will he get enough chances to do that only time will tell . He is bright prospect for sure.

  • MasterClass on October 20, 2010, 1:32 GMT

    Hey, I wish him luck, just not against India :) One thing to remember is that Gilly had superb eye-hand coordination with extraordinary timing. Kinda like Sehwag. Methinks not everyone can have that, and I don't recall Warner possessing such skills. But who knows, maybe he'll pick up a few pointers from his DD team mate. The maturity / patience to build and innings....hummm that's another matter.

  • Go_F.Alonso on October 19, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    Dream Big if you want to be successful, even if it means beating Gilly to it. Dave's pretty young .. who knows where he'll end up? Good luck dave.

  • Meety on October 19, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    @landl47 - true aspects of what you have said. Warner wants to establish himself in 1st class cricket, but what we see here is the case of money distorting priority. The riches of the IPL will see higher value placed on players with extreme specialist skills. Warner's skill is in T20s is to smack the ball around for a 200+ S/R. He has an opportunity to try an establish himself as an 50/50 player - good luck to him. @manasvi_lingam - interesting re: Warner @7, he is trying to develop his legspin so maybe he could become a limited over allrounder. I would still take Steven Smith over Warner in 50/50 matches. I think Warner needs to adjust his game for 50/50, slow his tempo down a notch, realise that a S/R of 80+ is pretty good. He is a clean hitter of the ball and if he just showed better shot selection bigger scores could come.

  • on October 19, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    Dont compare him with Gilly... He is an Legand in International Cricket as well as in Australia... He is one of the masters of tackling games progress and helps to find the way to boost the match... Both with Bat and Gloves....

  • VP007 on October 19, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    No 1 Can take Gilly's place hs is the great

  • Apache_Indian on October 19, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    @ Rooboy .. Agreed ! ...................

  • Apache_Indian on October 19, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    Yes, why not... he has proved himself in T-20 Cricket,,, I still remember, once he had said that playing in Test Cricket is every youngster's dream and he too wants to play; Good to hear something like this from a youngster who is known for his big hitting. I love this guy.

  • Rooboy on October 19, 2010, 2:32 GMT

    Quite humourous how so many people want to criticise any time an Australian player comments ... some apparently do so without even bothering to read the article! As nzcricket174 rightly points out, Warner is simply saying he wants to emulate Gilchrist. Who can blame him? To all the haters - no Warner isn't a keeper and no he doesn' have the runs on the board yet, but the essence of what Warner is saying is true. Any ODI where Warner survives for 100 or so deliveries, the Australia run rate will be over 6 and Aus well on the way to winning, as it was with Gilly

  • legstar on October 19, 2010, 2:11 GMT

    I think Warner would be better off playing baseball. We have better young talent then him for our openers role.

  • on October 19, 2010, 1:48 GMT

    i agree with karthic! but i think warner is 23, with gradual experience , he can prove him self!!

  • bipinbhakta on October 19, 2010, 1:32 GMT

    New Gilchrist WOWWWWWWWWW

    what next NEW Ponting, Tendulakar, Kumble,Lara.

    Dream its good to seen however its just to early to see dreams.

  • on October 19, 2010, 1:24 GMT

    You can't stand in parity to Gilly...He is versatile genius in Left Handed Bastman

  • LakmalPhysics on October 19, 2010, 0:32 GMT

    @Hagemaru_Hageda :Clearly you are insulting a great human being. Relating Murali with Warner's Statement is not acceptable at all man. Are you an Australian ? or What?

  • on October 19, 2010, 0:31 GMT

    Don't try to make more out of what a man has said before understanding where he is coming from in the first place .David Warner knows he will never be another Gilchrist, like , who has ever done such a thing as yet . Cricketers make their own moulds , and if you are good enough others will try and imitate your style . That is a great compliment , and is also a great goal to aim for . Good luck David Warner , you have every right to say you want to be as good as Gilly , and Gilly would think it grand of you if you did . Disregard the knockers , and go for it .

  • lazy.boy on October 18, 2010, 23:59 GMT

    i like his confidence.. hope its not over-confidence..

  • Davis11cricket on October 18, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    All the best Warner...Congrats your Self Confidence .Knock it out!!!!

  • da_team on October 18, 2010, 22:41 GMT

    I beg to diffa Australian cricketers are about controled aggression which is shown by the way they never play for a draw always a win or lose and if Warner wants to have that attitude let him, all or nothing i say.

  • on October 18, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    what an arogant remark of a man who has proven nothing yet...he edged and mistimed a couple decent scores in the backyard game..thats all

  • vinny21 on October 18, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    here warner is not exactly trying to say that he will be as successfull as gilly, he is saying he wants to play like gilly in ODIs and keep pressure early on the opposition.remember in many of matches i used to see. for example aussie 5 overs 48 n then falls the first wicket but of of that gilly scores 43 runs.... n here david wants to play such kind of role as an aussie opening batsman. i am a very very huge fan of gilly and infact i say not ' sachin' but gilly is god of cricket for me. but still i am not upset with his comments and i wish he succeds like gilly and become the next x factor for the aussie.

  • Hagemaru_Hageda on October 18, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    I wanna be a great offspinner of all time. I have all necessary qualification: I am born with defective arm. So gimme benefit of 15-degree arm-bending rule & I will get you 801 test wickets.

  • koldmeat on October 18, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    stop dreaming mr. warner. wake up and start playin cricket. u r trying to reach the sky. remember u r just a liliput beside the great Gilly.

  • on October 18, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    Well thats easier said than done. Gilly is the second best wicket keeper and one of the greatest batsman to have played for Australia.

  • Hagemaru_Hageda on October 18, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    Doug Walters never became Don Bradman. Richie Benaud never became Doug Walters. Greg Chappel never became Richie Benaud. Alan Border never became Greg Chappel. Mark Taylor never became Alan Border. Steve Waugh never became Mark Taylor. Shane Warne never became Steven Waugh.

    WHY??????................................... All of them had their individual identities.

  • koldmeat on October 18, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    I can bet this entire universe that no matter how hard Warner tries he will never become the great Adam Gilchrist. come on guys, Gilchrist was from another planet. His talent was endless. sorry Mr. Warner, just play cricket and dont want to become what u cant. playing like Gilly is not your cup of tea. world has seen your batting. u just dont have the talent. maybe u can beat Gilly in cooking class. :-)

  • ABdareVinniers on October 18, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    warner is definitely thinking too far ahead. For me, if he fails in yet more ODIs this series, he needs dropping. The ideal ODI team going into the world cup would be:

    Watto Marsh/Haddin Ponting Clarke Ferguson/White Hussey Haddin/Marsh Smith Johnson Harris Bollinger

  • karthikfromchennai on October 18, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    Warner and Afridi are players who play street cricket and getting success in short formats....thats why Afridi retired from Tests... he might still return as test team captain for the 2nd test against SA lol ... Not everyone is Sehwag or Gilchrist or Richards...who demolished the bowlers and still made their mark in Test cricket.

  • karthikfromchennai on October 18, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    You cant become Gilchrist...Gilly was a great player in all formats of the game...long way to go Warner...

  • ManiMB on October 18, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    true that !! dave warner does have the ability to become the x factor for the aussies which has seen a downfall since warne, mcgrath, hayden n gilly. even the waugh brothers was not as a great loss. they need the openers to click and more then that clarke has to prove his place again.

  • on October 18, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    Mr.Warner u cant reach d level n hight of great Mr. Adam Gilchrist

  • boris6491 on October 18, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    If I had a response I could give directly to Dave it would be simply that there was and will always be one and only one Adam Gilchrist. But there is also one and only one Dave Warner. I would like him undoubtedly to be capable of doing the job Gilly did at the top and no doubt, judging by the man's talent, he is more than able to do it. It will be a long time though before Warner can consider being mentioned in the company of one of the game's greats. I hope though he breaks through and proves to the world that his talents lie beyond T20 where he has unfortunately been pigeonholed. Here is his chance.

  • kapilesh23 on October 18, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    i think australian people are best judge of deciding whether warner is suitable for gilly's place .we indians don't have much knowledge about aussie players .

  • on October 18, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    Having ambition is a good thing.. And aiming high is a good thing, so if u fall short, ur still pretty good.. But somethings U want to keep to ur self.. I want to travel to the moon.. I can keep working on it and might happen oneday.. But If I say I aim to travel to the moon everyone is going to laugh at me.. Because the chances are you wont get there.. So keep at it.. Good luck.. But keep it to ur self.. Coz Im laughing at you too..

  • Proteas123 on October 18, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    Vinjoy - You have got a point but we need to have faith, there are players like Amla and Bell who are still young and come close to fitting this mold. Hopefully others who are of the standard of Kallis and Waugh will come along too.

  • on October 18, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    yes he has that potential

  • diri on October 18, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    I think David Miller from SA is the next Gilchrist, But he also has a bit of Michael Beven in him the way he gets the job done at the end of an innings

  • chad_reid on October 18, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    watson, haddin, ponting, clarke, ferguson. white, warner, smith, johnson, bollinger ,tait

  • Green_and_Gold on October 18, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    Good on him - he wants to be a great player. Why not say that you want to be the next Gilchrist - at least you set the standard high. Give him a chance - he is young and ambitious with a lot to learn, if he fails then he should know what to work on to make a comeback. The position in the team should be based on merit, performance and balance so if he gets a chance then let him determin his future.

  • xenon555 on October 18, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    I think Marsh should open for ODIs.

    Marsh, Watson, Ponting, Hussey, Clarke, Cameron White, Haddin, Hauritz/Smith, Johnson, Bollinger, Rhino

  • on October 18, 2010, 11:47 GMT

    Though it is good ambition Warner need to come up with enough talent and experience. Experience is something u'll be able to earn. but talent ?? Gilchrist is such a brilliant and classy player that Australia produced for years. Even though I'm a Sri Lankan I really respect Gilchrist coz of his gentle cricket. So Mr.Warner you have miles to go ahead of being Gilchrist!!!!!!

  • vipin.chaudhary2325 on October 18, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    whats wrong if he wants to be gilchrist.... u can't be like someone if u don't know what u like to be... everyone wants a new gilchrist, may be not a wicketkeeper, but a batsman like him will do... warner have all the ability... Gilchrist was 27 when he make debut in One-days... Warner is still around 23-24.... give him some time, I have seen him hitting some very good shots in T-20... go Warner....

  • DINESHCC on October 18, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    Mr.Warner I think your height is not more than a cricket bat or cricket stump. First you grow above the level of middle stump then can you can become GILCHRIST.

  • charlie1863 on October 18, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    While Warner is correct in saying Gilly was an impact player, he's being disingenous in suggesting he succeeded only 1 out of 5 innings. GILLY was a "once-in-a-lifetime-player" who was more consistent than people give him credit for. If Warner is even half the player Gilly was when his career is over he'd have had a succesful career.

  • popcorn on October 18, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    Shane Watson and Shaun Marsh, or Shane Watson and Philip Hughes. Not Warner. He is fit for T20 only. Phil Hughes is more suitable for ODIs than Test Cricket. See what problems he created for Australia in he Ashes 2009 in England. He needs to brush up his technique against the rising,swinging ball.He might be a good opener IN Australia or New Zealand or South Africa, but not in England. He is undependable as an Opener in Test Cricket, but in ODIs, his technique will work. Like he rattled off a quickfire 86 not out it did against New Zealand in the second innings at Wellington.

  • pontingkhan on October 18, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    great potential this david warner guy. should keep him on the side. not many batsmen can hit the ball like he does.

  • Praxis on October 18, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    well, this guy seems both confident and ambitious. not bad...

  • on October 18, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    the new gilchrist! is this guy kidding me? to reach a calibre such that of gilchrist would take extreme amounts of hard work and yeas of exp. Right now i just dont think he is capable of such things just yet: if can manage to be consistent and keep his wicket then he has a change but otherwise i dont know right now

  • vinjoy on October 18, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    It is unfortunate that every budding cricketer wants to be a Gilchrist, Sehwag, Gayle or Dilshan, This is primarily because this is the easy-route. The world knows that it is easier to 'try' to be a Sehwag than a Kirsten/Strauss. Nobody is concerned about the technique and temprament.

    I wonder where we shall see next generation of Steve Waugh, Kallis, Dravid, Atherton. Sadly, the game is not in right hands and is not safe anymore!

  • ChenduPhali on October 18, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    Warner bats like Gilchrist, but he has to work very hard for being the personality as Gilchrist, which feared the bowlers over the years. Gilchrist was a hard-hitter, who always delievered in pressure situations (like all 3 world cup finals). Warner has that stroke making capability, just he has to own the determination and domination that Gilly worked in his career.

  • mits6 on October 18, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    well ....warner , it will be pretty difficult gilly was one of the fiercest hitter of ball of his time, that too in all formats of game. With so many hitters around , to become GILCHRIST of your time needs something extra.

  • ManHOOS on October 18, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    well i am a pakistani but TO be very honest David Warner has so much talent i am following him since he started his domestic cricket He can blast any cricket pace attacking All people talk about bowling talent from pakistan is best but Players like Warner can destroy them single handidly GO DAVID WARNER GO PLAY YOUR SHOTS

  • David47 on October 18, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    If Warner ends up half the batsman Gilly was, we and he will be doing well. Agree with Land47's comments. Don't forget that Gilly was an opening batsman in first class cricket before he really took up the keeping gloves, so he had a solid grounding in the longer form of the game re technique, patience, picking the right ball etc.

  • on October 18, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    Ausi wants to search a good captain instead of clarck, his poor performance is a big fact to loose match

  • lelouch on October 18, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    hmm i think he'd be wasted at 7. brutal hitters at the top can change the course of the game. and while he'll never be gilchrist, he can still try to mimic his style of play. personally i think watson and marsh are both a bit too slow to go out together. i know watson can turn it on, but usually he's not the highest striker of the ball (i mean he does stay close to 100, but someone like warner on his day can hit at like 140 and up)

  • on October 18, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    Warner is a good player within the powerplay. But he is not that good in clearing the boundaries as cleanly as Gilchrist does even after powerplay.. Warner needs to learn lot in attacking spinners.

  • nzcricket174 on October 18, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    he is not comparing himself to gilchrist, he is saying he wants to emulate him. best of luck to him

  • KeenObserWhere on October 18, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    Yeah, right and Steve Smith aims to be the new Warne!!! Get on with it mate. Actions first and words later please!!!!!!

  • on October 18, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    warner n gilchrist??? omg.....keep dreamin mate....

  • indianzen on October 18, 2010, 6:08 GMT

    Closing Eye hitting - is that what you want to try David ? Better don't do.. Also don try to mimic the baseball0-in-gloves kinda stuffs... Gilchrist is a media made legend...

  • RyanSmith on October 18, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    The guy has talent, he ought to be able to adapt his game to the 50 over format. He would be a good partner for Watson at the top of the order. I think he is in a battle with Shaun Marsh for a World Cup spot. So far you'd have to take Marsh. But I am keen to see both of them get a go against India and hopefully Sri Lanka as well. He could be a real match winner for the aussies if he can learn to build an innings. He is never boring to watch that is for sure!

  • QingdaoXI on October 18, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    warner is really a good choice for australia to open the innigs, he will matured as he will get more chance to play i odis. australia should include him as a backup for opner batsmen, but in first prefernce they should go with watson and marsh. My Preferntial squad for the world cup in sub continent is as follows watson, marsh, ponting, clarke, hussey, fergusson, paine, smith, johnson, lee, bolinger and rest of them are harris, warner, haurtiz, hopes

  • on October 18, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    One can neven replace greats of the game like Adam Gilchrist and shouln't even think about replicatiing them.David warner is just finding his feet in Intl. cricket and should concentate more on working on his weaknesses, which in my opinion are in plenty and building upon them rather than trying to be someone else.He should go out there and perform rather than chatter in the interviews.

  • AntonAloysius on October 18, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    You have to try hard mate.......

  • noorialiasgar52 on October 18, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    mr.warner u have still not stepped a foot in ODI n comparirng yrself to a great legend gilcrist....who changed australian playing style in all forms!!! but best of luck !

  • masterblaster_fan on October 18, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    Well...Well...Well, So warner wants to be a Gilchrist first!

  • googletalk on October 18, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    Dave Warner and Tamim Iqbal are the future master blaster in world cricket.

  • Ozcricketwriter on October 18, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    It would be great if Warner could become the next Adam Gilchrist but first he'll have to learn to keep wicket.

  • Asbah on October 18, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    Warner can never be Gilchrist...Plain and simple!

  • on October 18, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    He has talent...but longevity is questionable...we hear one match where he plays great cricket and next he bombs...he reminds me of bang bang afridi...difficult for him to flourish in a 50 over game...

  • manasvi_lingam on October 18, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    Given Australia's options in ODIs, I would like to see Warner in a different position. Shaun Marsh and Watson could have an excellent partnership, with Ponting, Clarke and Hussey at 3,4 and 5. I feel that Haddin should come at 6 and Warner at 7. Warner is the right man to slog/hit out at the end and also use the Batting powerplay. Then, one can have Johnson, Harris, Bollinger, Tait/McKay/Hauritz. 4 bowlers+Watson with Clarke as the 6th bowler and Johnson at 8. This remains an excellent combination. They shouldn't use Hopes since Hopes is too much of a bits-and-pieces cricketer. Perhaps Smith at 7.

  • ygkd on October 18, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    David Warner is a perfect example of the power game so many want to see today. Unfortunately, I'm not one of them.

  • on October 18, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    Warner is an outstanding talent who has shown that he can cause serious damage to the opposition and quickly take the game away from them. Well Gilchrist did it on a far more occassions than any other modern batsman. He has been part of three world cup winning teams and has been a part of the reason why Australia won so many games If Warner can achieve what Gilchrist did for some of the games before the world cup then he might well earn a slot to play for Australia.That is not a certainlty with Watson, Marsh and even Paine at the top of the order. Warner is a good gamble at the top for if he comes off, then Australia could revisit soem of their earlier successes.However Gilchrist is a once in a generation cricketer and while Warner might well want to be another Gilchrisht, only time will tell whether the words on stage can equal the performances on it. sridhar

  • on October 18, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    Over-confident Warner. He cannot play spinners well and he cannot put good scores, specially against India...

  • on October 18, 2010, 4:47 GMT

    Warner aims to be the new Gilchrist

  • landl47 on October 18, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    I think Warner represents the danger which modern young cricketers face. This is a 23-year old who plays purely as a batsman and yet doesn't average 30 IN ANY FORM OF CRICKET. He needs badly to be put back into domestic cricket and taught the fundamentals. Once he has learned to build an innings and use some discretion in his strokeplay then he can talk about being similar to Gilchrist, who averaged 47 in tests and 44 in first-class sricket. At the moment he's just a wild slogger who fails far more often than he succeeds. Australia should look seriously at how they are bringing on their young cricketers. Warner has been rushed into a role he isn't ready to fill because of his natural ability to hit. As a result, there's a good chance he will never fulfill his potential.

  • on October 18, 2010, 4:16 GMT

    Adam Gilchrist was also a wicketkeeper and a violent late order "test" batsman who averaged 48-ish. Long way to go Davey!

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  • on October 18, 2010, 4:16 GMT

    Adam Gilchrist was also a wicketkeeper and a violent late order "test" batsman who averaged 48-ish. Long way to go Davey!

  • landl47 on October 18, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    I think Warner represents the danger which modern young cricketers face. This is a 23-year old who plays purely as a batsman and yet doesn't average 30 IN ANY FORM OF CRICKET. He needs badly to be put back into domestic cricket and taught the fundamentals. Once he has learned to build an innings and use some discretion in his strokeplay then he can talk about being similar to Gilchrist, who averaged 47 in tests and 44 in first-class sricket. At the moment he's just a wild slogger who fails far more often than he succeeds. Australia should look seriously at how they are bringing on their young cricketers. Warner has been rushed into a role he isn't ready to fill because of his natural ability to hit. As a result, there's a good chance he will never fulfill his potential.

  • on October 18, 2010, 4:47 GMT

    Warner aims to be the new Gilchrist

  • on October 18, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    Over-confident Warner. He cannot play spinners well and he cannot put good scores, specially against India...

  • on October 18, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    Warner is an outstanding talent who has shown that he can cause serious damage to the opposition and quickly take the game away from them. Well Gilchrist did it on a far more occassions than any other modern batsman. He has been part of three world cup winning teams and has been a part of the reason why Australia won so many games If Warner can achieve what Gilchrist did for some of the games before the world cup then he might well earn a slot to play for Australia.That is not a certainlty with Watson, Marsh and even Paine at the top of the order. Warner is a good gamble at the top for if he comes off, then Australia could revisit soem of their earlier successes.However Gilchrist is a once in a generation cricketer and while Warner might well want to be another Gilchrisht, only time will tell whether the words on stage can equal the performances on it. sridhar

  • ygkd on October 18, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    David Warner is a perfect example of the power game so many want to see today. Unfortunately, I'm not one of them.

  • manasvi_lingam on October 18, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    Given Australia's options in ODIs, I would like to see Warner in a different position. Shaun Marsh and Watson could have an excellent partnership, with Ponting, Clarke and Hussey at 3,4 and 5. I feel that Haddin should come at 6 and Warner at 7. Warner is the right man to slog/hit out at the end and also use the Batting powerplay. Then, one can have Johnson, Harris, Bollinger, Tait/McKay/Hauritz. 4 bowlers+Watson with Clarke as the 6th bowler and Johnson at 8. This remains an excellent combination. They shouldn't use Hopes since Hopes is too much of a bits-and-pieces cricketer. Perhaps Smith at 7.

  • on October 18, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    He has talent...but longevity is questionable...we hear one match where he plays great cricket and next he bombs...he reminds me of bang bang afridi...difficult for him to flourish in a 50 over game...

  • Asbah on October 18, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    Warner can never be Gilchrist...Plain and simple!

  • Ozcricketwriter on October 18, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    It would be great if Warner could become the next Adam Gilchrist but first he'll have to learn to keep wicket.