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by Manuj Sharma Friday 12 August 2016
Australian vice-captain David Warner admitted that the team has to prove themselves ahead of the third Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo with a prospect of a 3-0 whitewash on the cards.
In the ongoing Test series against Sri Lanka, Australia lost the first two games after the batting line-up failed to tackle the spinners in both the games.
Since 2008, Australia have played five Test series in the subcontinent excluding the ongoing series against Sri Lanka and have lost four of them.
With their number one Test ranking at stake, Warner feels that Australia must prove themselves worthy of the ranking in the third Test against Sri Lanka.
“There is always a lot on the line when you are playing Test cricket.
“We try and win every time we go out there. We try and win session by session.
“It’s another game for Australia, it’s another Test match for Australia, everyone is in the right spirits – we are ready to come out and we have got something to prove.
“We have to prove why we are where we are at the moment (holding the No.1 ranking).
“We’ve had quite a successive amount of losses in the subcontinent so we do have a lot to prove.”
Australia’s struggle against spin is quite evident with Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera and Lakshan Sandakan picking 35 wickets in the first two games.
The third Test will not be any different as the dry pitch suggests another turner, but Warner is not surprised by the conditions on offer.
“If you look at the Galle wicket there was probably a little bit more grass on it at this stage.
“Going out there and looking at it, it is quite dry, but that’s something that you do expect.”
Admitting that batting in the sub-continent in Test matches is quite the mental challenge, Warner is backing his attacking instincts to succeed in the third game in Colombo.
“But you have to be on (guard) the whole day and that’s the hardest thing about this game.
“Concentrating and backing your skill for the whole day, to come out of your crease, to try to fox.
“To do that all day takes a lot of mental skill and that’s something that when I’m out there I’m going to have to think on my feet, and same with the other boys.”
Since 2008, Australia have played 17 Test matches in Asia and have only one win and have lost 12 games while drawing four matches.
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