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David Warner Confident Of Success In World Cup Final

David Warner Confident Of Success In World Cup Final
Australian opening batsman David Warner is confident of performing in the World Cup final against New Zealand in Melbourne on Sunday.
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Australian opening batsman David Warner exuded confidence of performing to his potential in his side’s World Cup final against New Zealand in Melbourne on Sunday.

Barring the explosive knock of 178 against Afghanistan, Warner hasn’t managed to compile big scores in the World Cup but the 28-year-old doesn’t seem worried about his form ahead of Sunday’s big game.

"I feel like I'm hitting the ball as good as I have all summer," said Warner.

"It's just those easy outs that are causing a bit of a stir in my mind.”

Apart from the knock against Afghanistan, Warner has aggregated a mere 122 runs in the World Cup without a single fifty.

However, Warner seemed unfazed by the lack of runs from his blade and seemed determined to solve the issue at the earliest.

"As we've spoken about before, it's not great to have big edges (on your bat) sometimes.

"But every time I've come in I've looked a million dollars, I've hit every ball in the middle and I've just got to find a way to get past that (first) 10 overs, be clinical and bat deep."

Warner lavished praise on his teammate and batting sensation Steve Smith who is going through the golden period of his cricketing career.

With 337 runs from his last four matches, Smith has proved unstoppable for opponent bowlers and Warner attributed the 25-year-old’s success to his quest for perfection.

"He's playing fantastic cricket at the moment, he's batting on a different surface to every other person out there.

"And I think he's shortened his step from leg stump across (the crease), which is fantastic and great to see him work out that little pattern there.”

Smith failed in his side’s first two World Cup matches against England and New Zealand raising concerns over his big-match temperament.

Warner admitted that there was a worry among the teammates regarding Smith’s composure with such a start particularly after similar mode dismissals.

"There was a period there for a couple of innings there where he got bowled around his legs and he got lbw, and I think he was a little bit worried.

"Because some of us were a little worried that that day might happen where it would play on his mind a little bit.

"But being the classy cricketer that he is, he summed things up pretty well."

Warner has a dismal record at the Melbourne Cricket Ground aggregating a mere 129 runs from seven matches with just one fifty.

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