David Warner credits Greg Chappell for CLT20 success

New South Wales opener David Warner feels Greg Chappell was instrumental in improving his batting technique AFP

Sydney: Oct 9, 2011

Australia’s Twenty20 expert David Warner has credited former chairman of selectors Greg Chappell for his recent success in Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) and said he is now targeting a Test debut next year.

Warner had an incredible run-scoring feast during the CLT20 with New South Wales (NSW), scoring 258 from 137 balls in his final two matches.

The 24-year-old left-hander feels Chappell, a former Australian skipper, was instrumental in improving his batting technique.

“Chappell has been wonderful in the way he has guided me through with my batting in the last few months. I think he is a great cricketer and I’ve learnt a lot from him,” Warner was quoted as saying in Daily Telegraph.

Warner, who is the first player to score back-to-back centuries in the game’s shortest form, is now seriously developing himself for the longer format.

“I started my career with T20 and it has helped me develop as a player,” Warner.

“However, my goal is to make my Test debut next year. T20 is a great forum to score runs and a stepping stone to ODIs and Tests. It’s important that a player is not hemmed in by one particular format.”

Warner is now in South Africa, where he will be part of Australia’s squad for the 50-over and Twenty20 matches.(IANS)