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David Warner aims for greatness across formats

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David Warner has been instrumental in Australia’s resurgence since Ashes 2013-14 © Getty Images

Mar 23, 2014

Amassing more than a thousand runs in the 2013-14 season and playing a starring role in Australia’s comprehensive wins in the Ashes whitewash at home and the 2-1 win in South Africa, Australian opener David Warner’s stock is at an all time high and the southpaw remains hungry for more wins.

Speaking to cricket.com.au, the burly southpaw aims to conquer all formats of the game with his free flowing, attacking nature of batting. Warner is already modeling himself on Australia’s finest in the yers gone by.  Speaking on the subject, Warner said, “I think for me it’s where you bat in terms of how you stand — a good guide for me is Justin Langer and Matthew Hayden, and how they went about their work.

“Their dedication to training and to playing cricket for Australia — they were so passionate about it — and I want to follow in their legacy.

“I want to be up there in the same sentences as those guys when I finish.

“I think ‘Haydos’ got 31 hundreds and as an opener averaged 50. I’d love to have that career.

“The ball is in my court now; I have to work as hard as I possibly can to keep scoring runs for the Australian cricket team.

“Your stats at the end of your career tell the story.”

Warner also sang the praises of his current Test captain Michael Clarke and Australia’s most successful captain, Ricky Ponting, “Pup and Punter are legends in their own right,” Warner said ahead of Australia’s opening match against Pakistan in Dhaka in the ICC World T20 2014.

His partner-in-crime Aaron Finch will also be one of the players to watch out for, apart from Warner himself, and Finch couldn’t help but rave about his opening partner, “What we’ve seen with his technique and the transformation of his attitude towards batting has been amazing. His defence has tightened up so much, but he’s still so aggressive, which allows his natural flair to come through.

“The way that he’s scoring, still striking at 85-90 in Test cricket, I don’t think too many people have had a career at the top like that – maybe [Virender] Sehwag is the only player who could damage teams as quickly and win a game by himself, basically.”

With five Test hundreds coming of the last eight Test matches, The ‘Bull’ sees the metamorphosis as a player after some forgettable off-field incidents as a sign of maturity, Warner adds, “After the last 8-12 months, I’ve turned myself around in the way I’ve started to appreciate the game a lot more, getting the best out of myself,” he continued.“I think probably sometimes [in the past] I didn’t realise what it takes to be a good cricketer, and I’ve always been told by the selectors I need to be a bit more consistent.

“I worked that out during the RYOBI Cup with New South Wales (last October). Early on I wasn’t great and then I was consistent, and scored a couple of hundreds.

“From there I started realising how to bat during a game, and how to go through your cues as a batsman, and that’s really helped to get me to the point I’m at now.

“I feel that I’ve matured as a cricketer and that’s meant I’ve started playing smarter cricket. I play the way I play, but I’ve learnt to respect the good balls, and that’s why I’ve been more consistent than in the past.

“To back up the summer that I’ve just had is the important thing for me now. It’s time to work hard and be consistent at T20 cricket in this World Cup.”

After his stupendous recent run, Warner has set bigger targets for himself now and would like to be regarded as the world’s premier batsman in all three formats of the game, “If you’re batting as well as you can, there’s no reason why you can’t — it’s as simple as that,”

“If you’re in the form of your life, you’re going to be playing well in all three forms.

“But that’s not something that’s on my agenda to go out there and do; I want to score runs and win games for Australia.

“That’s when those stats and stuff (happen) — because when you think about your team, those things write themselves.”

And looking forward, Warner certainly has team ambition at the forefront of his mind.

“You talk about what you want out of your career — for me it’s about winning Ashes away from home, winning a series in India, the World Cup — those are the things I want to tick off now,” he said.

“We’ve got a great, balanced team at the moment that can go on for the next 5-10 years. We’re in a fortunate position now where it’s been five or six years since that great decade before us, and we’re starting our own journey here.

“It’s fantastic to see the way the guys are stepping up to the plate and not worrying about what was spoken beforehand over the past couple of years.”

Warner’s claim to fame in the world of cricket was the slam-bam routine and at one point, stereotyped as a T20 specialist, but the outspoken 27 year-old broke those stereotypes and cherishes each and every Test cap “As a kid, that’s what you want, the Baggy Green. If you don’t have the ambition to have the baggy green, there’s no real point in trying to play to the best of your potential.

“That’s always been the legacy. You think of the greats that have come before you, you want to have some significance when you finish your career.

“Test cricket tests your skills mentally, physically, and it puts you in a category where you can compare yourself against the best cricketers in the world, and in history.” For the moment though it will be the shortest format of the game that will be in focus as Australia try to erase the bitter memory of losing the ICC World T20 2010 World Cup final against arch-rivals England, which Warner described as “painful”.

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Nov 6, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Ahmedabad

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Match cancelled

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Nov 7, 2014  at Bengaluru

Match cancelled

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Oct 30, 2014  at Hyderabad

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