Red-hot Warner ‘maintaining the rage’ as Pakistan loom

Australia's David Warner celebrates after scoring a century (100 runs) during the 2019 Cricket World Cup group stage match between Australia and Pakistan at The County Ground in Taunton, southwest England, on June 12, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 02 November 2019

Red-hot Warner ‘maintaining the rage’ as Pakistan loom

  • David Warner scored 217 in three innings without losing his wicket steering Australia to a 3-0 series victory
  • Australia are expected to face a much sterner test on Sunday, when they meet top-ranked Pakistan in Sydney

MELBOURNE: David Warner has bounced back from a poor Ashes campaign with a red-hot run of form in the Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka, which he attributes to “maintaining the rage.”
The explosive opener has scored 217 in three innings without losing his wicket, winning man-of-the-match each time to steer Australia to a 3-0 series victory.
It has been a big turnaround for the 33-year-old, who scored just 95 runs in 10 innings at a paltry average of 9.5 in the Ashes against England after an impressive World Cup.
Despite that frustration, he said he never doubted the runs would come again.
“I’ve always been confident,” he told reporters after his 57 not out in the third T20 in Melbourne on Friday evening, following on from an unbeaten 100 and 60 in the other two games.
“I was out of runs (in England). For me, it’s about going out there and trying to apply myself 100 percent, like I do every time. I’ve been hitting the ball as well as ever.
“I haven’t changed any routines,” he added. “I’ve just maintained that rage to go out there and back myself and play to the best of my ability.”
Opening partner and skipper Aaron Finch said that when Warner was firing it instilled confidence in the rest of the team.
“The confidence he gives to the group when he’s playing well is huge,” Finch said on Saturday.
“When he performs well, the team wins. That’s a huge asset to have in your side.
“Especially for some of the inexperienced guys in the squad, it’s a great learning curve for them to be able to have him and Steve (Smith) around.”
While Sri Lanka put up little resistance, Australia are expected to face a much sterner test on Sunday, when they meet top-ranked Pakistan in Sydney in the first of three T20s.
Finch said they were wary of a team that surprisingly slumped to a 3-0 series defeat against a second-string Sri Lanka last month.
That debacle, which cost Sarfaraz Ahmed not only his job as captain but his place in the squad for Australia, has left Pakistan with plenty to prove.
“It’s a (bowling) attack which doesn’t give you much respite,” Finch said of Pakistan.
“But they are going to give you scoring opportunities and you’ve got to chase them. It’s a T20 at the end of the day and I think the first six overs will be very important in setting up the game.”


Bad weather limits Pakistan-Sri Lanka 2nd day to 17.5 overs

Updated 12 December 2019

Bad weather limits Pakistan-Sri Lanka 2nd day to 17.5 overs

  • About 2,000 spectators were drawn by free entry to the 28,000-seat Cricket Stadium
  • Sri Lanka reached 263-6 when play was called off

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan: Bad weather spoiled the second day of Pakistan’s first home cricket test in more than 10 years as only 17.5 overs could be bowled against Sri Lanka on Thursday.
Resuming on 202-5, Sri Lanka reached 263-6 when play was called off at 3:30 p.m. local time due to bad light. Niroshan Dickwella on 33 was the only wicket to fall.
Only about 2,000 spectators were drawn by free entry to the 28,000-seat Pindi Cricket Stadium.
“I came to the stadium at around 9:30 a.m., but I am so disappointed that I could watch less than 20 overs,” said Siddique Ahmed, a college student. “I wish tomorrow it’s a bright sunny day so that I can watch some exciting cricket.”
But the forecast for Friday is for more rain in this northern city.
Earlier, Dhananjaya de Silva completed his sixth test half-century and Sri Lanka added 20 runs before rain arrived after only 35 minutes of play in the first session.
The 16-year-old fast bowler Naseem Shah induced an edge off Dhananjaya in his third over of the morning, but the batsman was declared not out after video replays showed the ball kissed the grass before wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan caught it.
Dhananjaya completed his half-century off the next ball when he played an on drive off a full toss and ran for two runs before the rain came. Dhananjaya has hit eight fours and faced 104 balls.
Play resumed after a break of 2 hours, 43 minutes, and Pakistan finally got the breakthrough with the second new ball during 10 overs of play.
Left-handed Dickwella was neatly caught at gully off left arm fast bowler Shaheen Afridi, then the umpires stopped play due to bad light.
Dhananjaya was unbeaten on 72 off 131 balls with 11 boundaries, and Dilruwan Perera was 2 not out.
Young fast bowlers Afridi (2-47) and Shah (2-75) bowled with some lively pace under favorable conditions, especially with the second new ball.