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

Warner wants life outside Twenty20 box

Cricinfo staff

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.

  • dummy4fb 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

  • 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.

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