Australia keen to whitewash India: David Warner

David Warner expects Indian batsmen to come hard at Australia in the fourth and the final Test in Adelaide Getty Images

Sydney: Jan 18, 2012

Australia’s young opening batsman David Warner said on Wednesday that the team is eyeing a 4-0 whitewash of India in the Test series and aims to be the No.1 side by 2013.

At Sydney’s Olympic Stadium, the diminutive explosive opener said the whitewash of India would be Australia’s first step towards regaining the No.1 Test spot.

“As Michael Clarke said the other day after the game, celebrate your win, but at the end of the day we want to try and beat the second team in the world four-nil. That’s a massive thing for us at the moment. Where we are placed at the moment, our goal is to become No.1 again by the next Ashes in 2013. If we can keep working towards that, our goals will be achieved,” he said.

Warner expects Indian batsmen come hard at Australia in the fourth and the final Test in Adelaide.

“There might be a lot of people in their shed wondering how they’re going to score runs. In my mind there is probably only one player, and that’s Sachin Tendulkar, who looks like he’s using a sight screen when he comes out to bat. (But) the other players, they’re all world-class players. You look at the amount of runs they’ve got in the top six in their careers its phenomenal … We are expecting them to show some aggression in this next Test,” he said.

Asked if he is in line for Twenty20 captaincy, Warner said: “One day it might happen, but for now Cameron White is the captain. And I am still going to be playing by his rules. He is a class player, we’ve seen that many times with Cameron that he can come out and fire … with Cameron’s ability with the bat to clear the fence, we are backing him 100 percent.”

“I am just excited and overwhelmed that they are looking at me as a possibility for the future. It’s a massive achievement for people to say that but at the end of the day I just have to concentrate on my cricket.”

Warner said he has recovered from dizziness after being hit on the helmet by young Indian pacer Umesh Yadav during his whirlwind 180 in the Perth Test.

“I think I’m over it. I had a little bit of a dizzy spell yesterday morning. I spoke to Alex Kountouris about that and it’s generally what happens. I was fine when I got hit. I didn’t have a black out or anything. You’ve just got to try and get up and keep playing.”

Warner said, “At the moment it’s a day by day thing. I’ve got to speak to Alex this afternoon about how I’m feeling. At the moment I’m feeling quite fine. I can’t say I have been waking up and seeing Umesh hitting me in the head with the ball. You don’t really like getting hit in the head … Hopefully next time I can just keep my eye on the ball.”(IANS)