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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  • dummy4fb 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.

  • TopofMiddle 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.

  • dummy4fb 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

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