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Warner’s second coming

It took him just three months — from the time he was picked for Australia to his subsequent ‘demotion’ as a Twenty20 specialist...

Explosive Australian batsman is hoping that a good IPL show will revive his international career

It took him just three months — from the time he was picked for Australia to his subsequent ‘demotion’ as a Twenty20 specialist — for David Warner to realise that he has a long way to go before aspiring success at the highest level in international cricket.

Since making a memorable international debut,when he destroyed South Africa’s bowling in a Twenty20 match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in January this year with a scintillating 89 off only 43 balls,Warner has flattered to decieve. With several disappointing performances,Warner made an unceremonious exit from the Australian side. But the youngster is not upset. “I gave them (the selectors) no option but to drop me. I was not making runs to merit a place. But I will continue to bat the way I do and score runs and give them reasons to pick me again,” he said.

And,for that,the 22-year-old is looking forward to picking brains when he shares the dressing room with the likes of compatriot Glenn McGrath,Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir as a member of the Delhi Daredevils squad in the second season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

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In the Capital to join the Delhi-based team ahead of their departure for South Africa,Warner said he was looking forward to taking tips from the senior players to improve his game as a player and earn a permanent place in the Australian line-up. “It will be great to pick up a few things about batting from some of these guys. It will help me improve my game and make me a better player,” he said. “If McGrath is bowling to me at the nets,I will ask him,‘where will you bowl to stop me,’ and if he says ‘I will bowl at your body’,it can definitely help me improve my game,” Warner explained.

Talking about his expectations from the IPL,Warner said it would be good preparation for the upcoming World T200 Championship in England. “I am part of the 30 probables and,hopefully,I will get into the 15-man touring party for Australia for the World T20. The IPL will be a good preparation as we will get to play some of the top players of the world.”

However,despite the excitement about the IPL and his reputation as a big-hitter,Warner is looking to shake off the Twenty20 specialist tag. It will be tough for him,though,given that he has only played a single first-class game — for New South Wales. “I don’t want to be pigeonholed as a T20 player. Next year,I will get my first season of first-class cricket. Let’s see how it goes.”

First published on: 07-04-2009 at 11:16:25 pm
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