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Monday, April 23, 2012

Learning the test art of patience - Dave Warner


Australian Dave Warner, one time thought about a machine purpose-built for Twenty20 cricket, showed they is learning the more patient skills necessary for check matches with a patient half-century on the opening day of the third check against West Indies on Monday.

The left-hander made 50 from 136 balls on a surface far removed from those in Australia where they relishes the ball coming on to the bat.

Warner has hit check centuries but those both owed something to his hard-hitting origins, his 69-ball 100 against India at Perth.

On Monday, against a consistently tight West Indian bowling assault, Warner never used his body strength & showed they has the focus needed to open the batting in the longest type of the game.

"It's something (West Indies captain) Darren Sammy jogged my memory of out there, it is not the way I play, but they are the kind of wickets where it is all about patience. I am still learning that, learning the game," Warner told reporters.

"This is my ninth check & my first tour out of Australia as well. In Australia it is coming on to the bat a lot simpler, they are walking away for, in Perth...

"We've got to work on getting our ones & twos & the boundaries are not going to come. I was hitting nice shots to mid off but they weren't going anywhere off the square because it appeared a small dusty surface where the ball doesn't kick on. Where in Australia it skids off the square.

"They're the things I have got to keep in mind, our walking between the wickets," they added.
Australia ended the day on 212 for seven with West Indies spinner Shane Shillingford claiming Warner's wicket & then taking the cream of the middle order.

Warner's observant approach to Shillingford was the most noticeable contrast together with his usual attacking instincts.

"At the bottom finish where they bowled first I didn't think they could get me out unless I played a high risk shot. Then when they came from the other finish there was a small little bit of grab & a small bit of bounce, which resulted in a couple of wickets there," Warner said.

"I think he is bowling well, he is bowled well the last Tests. We have got to work out how to play him & how to score off him."

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