Australia v Sri Lanka, Group F, World Twenty20, Barbados May 9, 2010

Warner wants life outside Twenty20 box

Cricinfo staff
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David Warner is sick of hearing about being a Twenty20 specialist and hopes his outstanding form in the short game doesn't stop his dreams of winning a baggy green. Warner's strong starts with Shane Watson are one of the reasons Australia are undefeated heading into the Super Eight match against Sri Lanka in Barbados on Sunday.

Warner has 114 runs in 71 balls during the first three games, including an onslaught of seven sixes in his 72 against India. "A lot of the guys in the team take the mickey out of me about being a Twenty20 specialist," he said in The Sunday Telegraph. "Your ambition as a kid is to play Test cricket and wear the baggy green. That's always been my goal."

The performance against India earned him the Man-of-the-Match prize and he is becoming a big target for opposition teams. Sri Lanka have lost Muttiah Muralitharan to a groin injury but the side has fast and slow threats in Lasith Malinga and Ajantha Mendis that Warner will have to overcome.

Warner said he hadn't spoken with the selectors about his prospects in the other forms of the game. "It's probably better that those guys don't come up to me and tell me what to do because it could play with my head," he said. "I know what I have to do."

He played with Virender Sehwag, another brutal opener, with Delhi in the IPL and asked for tips. "I said: 'What game do you think would suit me?' He said: 'This [Twenty20] is your game, but Test cricket will be the key. All the field is up, opening the batting there you can play your shots.'

"The hardest thing about Twenty20 cricket for me is that you have to keep looking at the scoreboard. There are times when you have to pull it in a little bit. But once you're going and the adrenalin is going, you're all pumped up and you want to keep scoring runs."

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  • The.Dark.Knight on May 9, 2010, 21:34 GMT

    This guy can be Aussie Sehwag. Give him a chance in ODIs/Tests

  • lucyferr on May 9, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    I don't see what he's complaining about. Tests are irrelevant now. T20 *is* cricket; the longer, more boring, forms are just variants now.

  • skip74 on May 9, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    The scary thing is, he's never opened for NSW! The depth in oz cricket is ridiculous at the moment. That said, it's only a matter of time before he opens for oz in the 50 over game and probably in tests. Guy's got talent coming out of his ears!

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on May 9, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    cont. Good to see young cricketers around the globe acknowledge that test cricket is the pinnacle of cricket. I heard Adrian Barath say similar things as well.

  • on May 9, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    He should be given a chance in ODIs. He can have a go at test cricket some other time :P

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on May 9, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    He has to prove himself vs the red ball on real pitches (either those with grass or those with SHARP turn) 1st though b-4 I rate him for test cricket.

  • mrnevergiveup on May 9, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    It realy'l b gr88 fun 2 c warner open in tests....... WOW!!!!!!!!!! cant wait 2 c him do that..... but hop they dnt select him strait aftr da World Cup coz they r playin 2 test matches aganst pakistan.... which team is (never was) in gud form.. so he'll b verx destructiv 4 pakistan.....lol

  • Ludlowbowlingwizard on May 9, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    Warner is improving as a proper batsman, but he still panics against good swing bowling; it's about as crucial failing as you can have in the arena of Test Match cricket.

  • Winsome on May 9, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    rakshm, that is what Phil Hughes does as well, but David Warner is starting to look more like a batsman than just a slogger. It is noticeable this year in the IPL as well as in games for Australia. He's not there yet, but it is good to know that despite playing so much 20/20, he is improving technically. He must be working hard.

  • santhoshkudva on May 9, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    somebody mark my words, he is going to be a great test cricketer. light years ahead of that hyped Phil Hughes. And his game is not about wild slogging. it is clean hitting. and it is refreshing to learn the kid understands that the real challenge lies elsewhere. he looks every part a test player. and the fact that he puts in so much effort into his fielding-both catching and ground makes him a great team man.

  • The.Dark.Knight on May 9, 2010, 21:34 GMT

    This guy can be Aussie Sehwag. Give him a chance in ODIs/Tests

  • lucyferr on May 9, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    I don't see what he's complaining about. Tests are irrelevant now. T20 *is* cricket; the longer, more boring, forms are just variants now.

  • skip74 on May 9, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    The scary thing is, he's never opened for NSW! The depth in oz cricket is ridiculous at the moment. That said, it's only a matter of time before he opens for oz in the 50 over game and probably in tests. Guy's got talent coming out of his ears!

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on May 9, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    cont. Good to see young cricketers around the globe acknowledge that test cricket is the pinnacle of cricket. I heard Adrian Barath say similar things as well.

  • on May 9, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    He should be given a chance in ODIs. He can have a go at test cricket some other time :P

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on May 9, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    He has to prove himself vs the red ball on real pitches (either those with grass or those with SHARP turn) 1st though b-4 I rate him for test cricket.

  • mrnevergiveup on May 9, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    It realy'l b gr88 fun 2 c warner open in tests....... WOW!!!!!!!!!! cant wait 2 c him do that..... but hop they dnt select him strait aftr da World Cup coz they r playin 2 test matches aganst pakistan.... which team is (never was) in gud form.. so he'll b verx destructiv 4 pakistan.....lol

  • Ludlowbowlingwizard on May 9, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    Warner is improving as a proper batsman, but he still panics against good swing bowling; it's about as crucial failing as you can have in the arena of Test Match cricket.

  • Winsome on May 9, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    rakshm, that is what Phil Hughes does as well, but David Warner is starting to look more like a batsman than just a slogger. It is noticeable this year in the IPL as well as in games for Australia. He's not there yet, but it is good to know that despite playing so much 20/20, he is improving technically. He must be working hard.

  • santhoshkudva on May 9, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    somebody mark my words, he is going to be a great test cricketer. light years ahead of that hyped Phil Hughes. And his game is not about wild slogging. it is clean hitting. and it is refreshing to learn the kid understands that the real challenge lies elsewhere. he looks every part a test player. and the fact that he puts in so much effort into his fielding-both catching and ground makes him a great team man.

  • rakeshm5 on May 9, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    Good to hear his thoughts are in the right directions. The way he plays his cover or square drives are that he takes his right leg out to the leg side and just whacks it. It will be a sea change for him to adapt. I do hope he makes the cut.

  • Chairtruck on May 9, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    I can see Warner smoking centuries before lunch on the 1st day of tests. He shuold be given the opportunity

  • on May 9, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    He would be best opener for any of the form of cricket. Because , He is not a SLOGER by any means. He is really a very sensible batsman. Its his timing , ability to find the gaps and explosive power that makes him so dangerous. He is simply a super and clean striker of the cricket ball. It is just simply a treat to watch him bat. Best of Luck Warner. You are one of my most favorite players of today's cricket.

  • on May 9, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    dont think he is good enough for the test team,, he may like it or not but he is a t20 player

  • SKB_SHK on May 9, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    Warner is a player filled with guts and determination. If he is able to prove himself in t20s, than he can surely do it in ODIs , because every team and especially, a high profile team needs an attacking batsman, who has the ability to maintain a healthy run rate as well as can play some long innings.

  • pink11 on May 9, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    all the field is up...you can play your shots....thats veeru...u rock champ....it ll be a delight to see warnet open in tests....all the best...DAVID WARNER!

  • v1shu on May 9, 2010, 10:00 GMT

    David Warner is shaping into one of the best opening batsmen in the world cricket. He has the talent to open the innings in all forms of cricket. Good luck David Warner!!!

  • AidanFX on May 9, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    I can't bag Australian selectors too much, because the results suggest they are doing alot right for the past couple decade. However I must admit the Australian selctors annoy me a bit. They are arrogant when it comes to young players. There is the extreme of Pakistani selectors who throw in 17 yr olds into the national squad, to the other side where Australian selectors love to snub youngsters. They wait for players to be in the late 20's/ early 30's. There are strength and weaknesses to this approach. The major weakness is you fail to produce Ponting/Warne like players (guys with long careers) if you leave them too late (aka Mike Hussey). It's only recently with 20/20 where they are loosening up a little. I felt Warner was snubbed; he was prematurely dropped from the national one day squad. That's why selectors need to look at Warner, Hughes (perhaps also prematurely dropped also; though Watson has earned his spot), and Smith needs to be monitored likewise.

  • on May 9, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    Way to go David Warner. We should look at Tendulkar's example that proves that one can be successful in all forms of the game while playing proper cricket shots. On the other hand, Sehwag proves that one can play extravagant, cheeky and audacious shots and be succesful in all forms of the game. Sehwag has two triple hundred and couple of big double hundreds in test cricket playing attacking cricket shots. Mr. Warner, I am fully behind you and sincerely hope that Aussie selectors will give you a fair opportunity to show your class in the Test Match arena.

  • popcorn on May 9, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    I am glad Dave Warner nurtures ambitions to win a Baggy Green! This is a refreshing thought, and shows that Cricket Australia is moving in the right direction,creating ambitions to aspire for the pinnacle of cricket. David Warner is still young, and will have to wait his turn behind Phip Hughes,Chris Rogers and Phil Jaques. His time will come.Rogers and Jaques will retire in a few years, and so will Simon Katich.Warner needs to score heavily in the ODI Ford Ranger Cup and the four day Sheffield Shield tournaments to warrant a place in either format.

  • JonnyBoy777 on May 9, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    Im a kiwi therefore i dont like aussies much (in sport) but warner i feel for he is being punished because of his big hitting and immense skill would like to see him given a shot at tests and succed Providing its not against NZ!

  • on May 9, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    I think Warner is a good man to open the batting but against the Magical Mendis and accurate Malinga who is the specialist of yorkers, David Warner can not stand against them and has no chane to score more than 40-60.

  • Deepfreezed on May 9, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    why wouldn't he be able to score runs in any other format? ball over the boundary is still a six in test and one-day cricket.

  • Gilly67 on May 9, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    He plays for NSW, so he is sure to get a baggy green. I am surprised they haven't given him one already.

  • Sanki88 on May 9, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    Would love to see him open for AUS in test cricket! Got the talent. Tonight, he's not going to score many though.

  • Luke77 on May 9, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    So refreshing to hear such a thing. Glad to hear from the younger players that the dream and priority remains Test cricket. Good luck David Warner, I'll keep my fingers crossed for your Baggy Green!

  • jonesy2 on May 9, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    plenty of time for warner to get into the other teams hes still young

  • Screen1990 on May 9, 2010, 3:53 GMT

    Glad that some of the youngsters r still showing intrest in test cricket and that too hard hitters like warner :)

    way to go warner

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  • Screen1990 on May 9, 2010, 3:53 GMT

    Glad that some of the youngsters r still showing intrest in test cricket and that too hard hitters like warner :)

    way to go warner

  • jonesy2 on May 9, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    plenty of time for warner to get into the other teams hes still young

  • Luke77 on May 9, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    So refreshing to hear such a thing. Glad to hear from the younger players that the dream and priority remains Test cricket. Good luck David Warner, I'll keep my fingers crossed for your Baggy Green!

  • Sanki88 on May 9, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    Would love to see him open for AUS in test cricket! Got the talent. Tonight, he's not going to score many though.

  • Gilly67 on May 9, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    He plays for NSW, so he is sure to get a baggy green. I am surprised they haven't given him one already.

  • Deepfreezed on May 9, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    why wouldn't he be able to score runs in any other format? ball over the boundary is still a six in test and one-day cricket.

  • on May 9, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    I think Warner is a good man to open the batting but against the Magical Mendis and accurate Malinga who is the specialist of yorkers, David Warner can not stand against them and has no chane to score more than 40-60.

  • JonnyBoy777 on May 9, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    Im a kiwi therefore i dont like aussies much (in sport) but warner i feel for he is being punished because of his big hitting and immense skill would like to see him given a shot at tests and succed Providing its not against NZ!

  • popcorn on May 9, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    I am glad Dave Warner nurtures ambitions to win a Baggy Green! This is a refreshing thought, and shows that Cricket Australia is moving in the right direction,creating ambitions to aspire for the pinnacle of cricket. David Warner is still young, and will have to wait his turn behind Phip Hughes,Chris Rogers and Phil Jaques. His time will come.Rogers and Jaques will retire in a few years, and so will Simon Katich.Warner needs to score heavily in the ODI Ford Ranger Cup and the four day Sheffield Shield tournaments to warrant a place in either format.

  • on May 9, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    Way to go David Warner. We should look at Tendulkar's example that proves that one can be successful in all forms of the game while playing proper cricket shots. On the other hand, Sehwag proves that one can play extravagant, cheeky and audacious shots and be succesful in all forms of the game. Sehwag has two triple hundred and couple of big double hundreds in test cricket playing attacking cricket shots. Mr. Warner, I am fully behind you and sincerely hope that Aussie selectors will give you a fair opportunity to show your class in the Test Match arena.