David Warner’s double-hundred dispels doubts as India challenge looms
Warner had not reached 50 in his previous 10 Test innings coming into the match and he revealed some doubts had crept into his mind despite his public statement that he was simply out of runs and out of luck, not out of form.
“Was there doubts? Yeah, of course, there was doubts in my mind,” Warner said after Australia’s innings victory on day four. “But for me, it was about just going out there and knowing that I’ve still got that hunger and determination because every time I rock up the training I’ve got it. And people keep telling me you will know when it’s time and I haven’t really felt that at all yet. I’m still enjoying it.
“I still know what energy I can bring to the team. I think once I start losing that spark and energy around training and taking the mickey out of people playing some jokes here and there and pranks, I think that’s when I probably know it’s time.”
“I wish you would stop telling me my age. I don’t feel 36,” Warner said. “I’m running faster than a lot of these youngsters in [the dressing room]. So when they catch up to me then I might think about pulling the pin.
“But I think the extra motivation for me is winning in India and completely winning a series in England. I’ve been told by the coach and the selectors that they’d like me to be there.”
Warner on India challenge
Warner has already cast his mind forward to the four Tests in India given he has more experience in the country than any other player in the Australian squad through his three Test tours and playing for more than a decade in the IPL.
“There’s going to be times where it’s going to be challenging over there. But it’s about how our batters can build and bat big like we did in Pakistan. I think that’s going to be our greatest challenge. I think with the ball, we’re going to probably do a fantastic job. We’ve got a world-class spinner in Nathan Lyon. We’re going to have to obviously think about potentially playing two spinners.
“So for us as a batting group it’s going to be a challenge but we’re going to have to find a way and a method like we did in Pakistan to get through that and obviously in Sri Lanka we had good methods over there and we saw in that first Test in Galle, everyone was playing reverse sweeps and sweeps. Everyone had a method they stuck to it. I think moving to India, it’s going to be probably a batter’s battle I reckon.”
“It’s going to be an interesting one. I’m not too sure” Warner said. “It does look bare. Curators have had a challenge this year with the [T20] World Cup. I respect that. But it might be a chance for two spinners if the selectors want to go that way. Not sure how that wicket will play, if it’s going to be up and down or if, we call it pancaking which is the big craters which could be the old SCG which will be cool. But it’s going to be hard to prepare for that’s for sure because the practice wickets are so good.”