David Warner is a boon for Test cricket: Justin Langer

David Warner unfurled a ‘whirlwind’ 180 at WACA, which helped Australia win the Test match as well as the series Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Adelaide: Jan 23, 2012

Australia s batting coach Justin Langer feels David Warner is great for Test match cricket and said the pocket dynamo has blossomed and looks set to enjoy a fruitful and entertaining Test career.

Warner unfurled a ‘whirlwind century at WACA, which helped Australia win the Test match as well as the series.

“As the ball sailed though the sky and into the seats, I turned to Steve Rixon and said, ‘whatever happens for the rest of today this boy is great for Test match cricket ,” Langer wrote in his column in the Cricket Australia official website.

“Apart from his straight sixes, vicious pull shots and world class running between the wickets, Warner stood apart from the rest.

“Not only did he play with unfathomable confidence and control but he also recorded his second Test hundred on another bowler-friendly pitch.

“It is one thing scoring runs on batting paradises but quite another making them when the conditions are tough.

“Great players are judged not only by how many they score but also by how and when they score them.

The best of the best score runs under pressure and now, in both of his Test centuries, he has endured very tough batting conditions to stand tall.”

The former Australian opener revealed that, 18 months ago, Warner s manager rang him and asked if he would have a look at this T20 slogger.

“Pete Lovitt, Warner s manager was persistent, so I agreed to meet with the young New South Welshman,” Langer wrote.

“He told me that Dave wanted to play Test cricket and improve his longer form game.

“People were telling me that he was scared of the short ball and that he was just talking the talk to get some attention.

“Funny how people can be wrong.

“The first thing that struck me was that the kid was genuinely keen to walk the talk, rather than take the easy path of just talking the talk.

“Over a couple of days we talked in my office, hit cricket balls, ran, and threw a few punches in the boxing ring.

“At no stage did he pull the pin and make excuses.”

Langer felt such personal investigation takes courage, just as playing the way he does, takes guts and conviction.

“Not only has he achieved one of life’s toughest battles i.e. changing perceptions, but he has also backed his instincts and ability to change the face of the game.

“For the last few years people have worried about the detrimental impact of T20 cricket on the future of Test cricket, particularly in the batting department.

“Warner has turned this theory on its head by showing how effective a positive and aggressive mindset can have on the longest form of the game.

“Truth is that this intent is how the very best players play the game.

“For this he must be applauded.”