IPL 2012: David Warner says Test cricket hasn't changed him as a batsman

People would expect David Warner to replicate Kevin Pietersen’s performance AFP

New Delhi, May 5, 2012

Dashing Australian opener David Warner feels that having made an impact in Test matches hasn’t changed his perspective towards batting.

“Test cricket hasn’t changed me as a batsman. I still believe in “if you see it, then hit it.” If it’s there in my zone, I will still go for my shot. That has been my role so far,” Warner, who has his first training session since arriving from the Caribbean islands said today.

He recently scored a 50 off 136 balls against West Indies in the last Test match at Dominica but according to the burly opener it was the need of the hour.

“I can tell you that had it been WACA and had I faced 136 deiveries, I would have scored close to 100. In that match, the situation demanded a different type of batting.”

Mahela Jayawardene hasn’t done badly as an opener but Warner would tell you that he is certain to open the batting with skipper Virender Sehwag.

“I always see myself playing at the top of the order with Viru and would continue doing so. The important thing is that all of us, Viru, myself and Mahela score runs for Daredevils.”

He is coming into the team when Daredevils are being touted as favourites to win the tournament and Warner knows that people would expect him to replicate Kevin Pietersen’s performance.

“I will have to keep executing my skills. Obviously KP has done very well and it would be my responsibility to cover his spot well.”

For Warner, Pietersen and Ajinkya Rahane have been the two best players in the league so far.

“KP’s century (against Deccan Chargers) was one of the best innings I have seen. Rahane has also been fantastic. Not to forget Cameron White who has already scored three 70’s in the last four games. White hasn’t been in best of form last season but it’s good to see him do well.”

Most of the matches that Delhi won have been lopsided contests with middle-order hardly getting anything to do but Warner said in jest,”Last year, we let the middle-order play a lot of overs so it’s better that the top-order batsmen are doing their job.”

On a serious not, he did admit that some of the middle-order batsmen need a decent outing in the middle.

“Save the top three, other batsmen in our side have had single digit scores but hopefully everyone would be in good form as we approach the knock-out stages.”

Questioned whether, he would have problems adjusting to T20 cricket coming directly from a Test series, he seemed nonchalant.

“It’s the duty of a professional athlete to adapt to any conditions as quickly as possible. I have been playing for the past 12 months and have been in good form. My job would be to attack the opposition from ball one and hopefully I will do that on Monday.” (PTI)