David Warner is the vice-captain of the Australian test side © Getty Images
David Warner is the vice-captain of the Australian test side © Getty Images

David Warner is confident prior to Australia’s tour of Sri Lanka despite having never play a Test in Sri Lanka so far in his career. Warner, who has played 51 Tests so far, was however present in the dugout when Australia last toured the island nation in 2011. He witnessed Shaun Marsh’s debut Test hundred that came in that tour. Talking about the conditions in Sri Lanka, Warner said, “I’ve seen first-hand how the wickets are there. I know Pallekele is a nice batting wicket with a bit of late turn in the innings. Galle is traditionally a slow turner and in Colombo it’s a very nice batting track.” READ: India ranked No. 2 in Test cricket, Australia at top in ICC Rankings

According to cricket.com.au, the Australian Test vice-captain added, “For us, as a batting group, it’s about batting long periods and building partnerships and putting on good totals to make sure that our bowlers are in play come the second innings, whether it’s through reverse (swing) or spin.”

Warner however has his targets clear in mind ahead of Australia’s tour of Sri Lanka. “It’s about giving yourself an opportunity to score. I think we can get too bogged down in those situations you lose your way of thinking and the remedy of that is you’ve got to try and score runs. At the end of the day, for me, my best way of approaching the game is to look to score runs.

“If I’m looking to score then I’m in the right frame of mind. That’s always going to be my positive energy and intent and that’s always to look to score first and defend second,” he said. READ: Australia to tour Sri Lanka for 3 Tests, 5 ODIs and 2 T20Is in July-August 2016

Nevertheless, Warner is not the only player in the current Australian Test squad who is yet to play a Test in Sri Lanka. The likes of Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh and Peter Siddle — from Australia’s 14-man squad that conquered New Zealand 2-0 in February, have played a Test match on Sri Lankan soil. James Pattinson like Warner was with the touring party in 2011 but was not given his debut on the Sri Lankan soils.

The upcoming tour of Sri Lanka where the sides are set to play three Tests will be another spin Test for Australia. Steven Smith and Co will have terrorising memories from their tour of India in 2013 that ended in whitewash when the hosts ran over the Australians 4-0. That was followed by a 0-2 loss at the hands of Pakistan in their tour of United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2014.

However, Warner is confident, keeping the previous results off his mind. “Sometimes we can get caught being too defensive and forget about attacking a little bit. Sometimes that can work in your favour if you attack a little bit more the bowler might have to take out a short leg or an extra slip and put it somewhere else. We’ve got to be prepared to bat time and battle the demons of whether the ball is actually turn as much as you think,” he said.