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Chappell: Warner's got his mind sorted out

Ian Chappell on the rise of Australia under Michael Clarke's leadership, Ryan Harris' legacy, and the resurgence of David Warner

Host: Gaurav Kalra / Expert: Ian Chappell

March 6, 2014

Posted by Marcio on (March 7, 2014, 23:34 GMT)

Warner sorted his mind out? But that's just it. Warner doesn't have a mind. See ball, hit ball. Think the thought, speak the thought.

It has to be admitted it makes things interesting.

Of course the day will come when he says something unintentionally offensive and he then fails for a prolonged period. That's when his real test will be. The haters will have foot-long knives sharpened and ready. So if i was him I'd learn to be a little more diplomatic. I don't think he is being intentionally offensive. Most of the time hes just fooling around and having a good time with the press. But you don't see that when cricket writers splash headlines across the page. It always comes across as aggressive and demeaning. but that is the press for you. They have to make a buck, and that means grabbing attention. And outrage gets peoples attention and sells.

Posted by Protears on (March 7, 2014, 11:27 GMT)

The acid test is not when things are going well but when there is adversity. Right now the team is fit and they have form and momentum but you cannot sustain that with gaps between series, injuries and of course the intervention of limited overs tournaments and IPL all pose as hindrances. Further note is that South African conditions are second nature to Australia, probably better suited to Australia its when conditions become foreign like Indian turners or English conditions both tests which Australia failed at last year and will have to overcome going forward.

Posted by Biggus on (March 7, 2014, 7:39 GMT)

@Ali Eorse:- Doubt Chappelli will answer mate, but MJ's like most other express quicks, he'll slow down at some point and that will be the end. Same happened with Jeff Thomson:-Very, very quick but didn't really do much with the ball and after his shoulder injury in late '76 was never the same again. MJ's a very fine athlete, just a terrific specimen, so barring a serious injury I reckon he can keep his pace up for two years easily, and if his radar stays good we can expect more of the same. personally I rate Harris more highly and always have, but when MJ's on fire few batsmen seem to be able to cope. Is it a record? Don't know, I'm not much one for stats but his work this summer has been as nasty as any I've seen, Lillee and Thommo or the Windies, included, and far scarier than Akhtar or Lee IMO.

Posted by spindizzy on (March 6, 2014, 23:38 GMT)

@cloudmess - you mean like his first century against New Zealand when he carried his bat? Oh, right, he's been there and done that.

Posted by JimmyDee on (March 6, 2014, 23:17 GMT)

Warner scored a 60 & 70 in the 2nd test where we got pummeled, came out in the deciding test and got twin centuries batting 1st and 3rd. This was against the #1 team on their home turf. His team was up against it and he delivered. Winning in South Africa after the home series win means they can't be called one-trick ponies...because they won again.

Posted by glen1 on (March 6, 2014, 22:53 GMT)

@ TrueView: Test cricket is more a physical endurance test and AUS/ENG/NZ/SA excel like long distance runners. However, the shorter format has room for IND/SL/PAK to excel (aka middle distance runners), and the shortest format is with the WI.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 22:15 GMT)

Questions from Mr. Chappell:

Mitch Johnson had 59 wickets in last 8-tests (over 7 wickets per test). Is this a record? Can AUS maintain? How to protect him, so that he can do this for next two years?

Cheers, Eorse

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 22:15 GMT)

When I was a young lad, I remember commentators saying the biggest sin you can commit in cricket is dropping Viv Richards. I think I can safely say the same applies to Warner. If you give him a life he'll bat you out of the game.

Warner has made me eat my words. I regarded him just a T20 slogger a year ago but he's developed his game and become the world's best opener in the space of 3 months. He's learnt to leave balls, balls he'd flat- bat and be caught behind cheaply.

Posted by TheTrueView on (March 6, 2014, 17:28 GMT)

Unfortunately, Indians, and I am saying this as an Indian, can never pass the "Test". They just don't have the mental endurance to stay strong against strong AUS / ENG / NZ / SA minds and bodies in their home conditions.

Posted by cloudmess on (March 6, 2014, 16:03 GMT)

It will be interesting to see how Warner does when his side is next up against it. Can't help feeling that Johnson's devastating form with the ball in recent months has taken so much pressure off his team-mates. Warner was having to score against the run of play before - so many of his recent big scores have been made with a first innings lead of 200, which is not exactly testing his temperament. He has played very well, but Australia's batting still looks fragile under pressure. And when Johnson doesn't have the right pitch, their bowling also looks much more anodyne. Australia still have to prove they're more than a temporary one-trick pony.

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