David Warner Consults Psychologist To Avoid 'Brain Snaps'
In-form Australian batsman David Warner has said that working with Australia's team psychologist Michael Lloyd has helped him to eliminate the ‘brain snaps’ that he has been facing throughout his career.
Warner, who will be playing in his first ever World Cup, revealed that he has been working hard to eliminate injudicious strokes ahead of the game against England on Saturday.
"I've actually spoken to my psychologist about it," said Warner to Fairfax Radio.
"There are thoughts that go into your head.
“You try and premeditate, but those thought processes in your head, you've got to try and think 'How do I nut that out?’
“If you keep saying 'Don't, don't, don't', you're going to do it.
“You've got to try and work out when you're out there in the heat of the moment to actually be relaxed, clear your mind and say 'Right, just get off strike now'.
“That's the process that I have to think through now in my head.”
Warner, who had a phenomenal run in Tests in the last one-year, hopes to replicate his Test match form into One-Day Internationals.
"I think I've had to learn how to play (one-dayers) just like Test match cricket ... place it, try and hit the gaps," he said.
"I can get myself off to a good start, I don't really need to take it to them.
“I've just started to learn that and I've found my way now.”
Despite being conservative, Warner is confident that he can implement his strategy to perfection.
“If the ball is still going to be there and I want to hit it over the top, by all means I'll do that.
"But still in my mind I'm saying to myself, 'I can still score at a strike rate of 100, even if I bat properly'.
"I've now got that in my head and now I can play the way I want to play."
Warner, who had a good time in the recently concluded tri-series aggregating 163 runs at an average of 54.33 also scored a century in the warm-up game against India.
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