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David Warner not taking West Indies lightly

David Warner averages less than 40 in Test cricket against West Indies with 269 runs from 10 innings and just two fifties.
David Warner averages less than 40 in Test cricket against West Indies with 269 runs from 10 innings and just two fifties.
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Australian vice-captain David Warner has stated that he will not take West Indies for granted in the upcoming three-match Test series which begins on 10th December in Hobart.

Warner has been Australia's second best Test batsman in 2015 after scoring 1,213 runs from 11 games at an average of 57.76 including four hundreds and six fifties.

However, West Indies remains the only team against whom Warner averages below 40 in Test cricket with 269 runs from 10 innings and just two fifties.

Expecting the West Indies to come hard at the top order Warner is confident about standing up to the challenge against the opposition bowlers.

"Not at all,” Warner told Sky Sports Radio, when asked whether Australia should expect an easy time of things.

"We have to come out and execute our skills as well as we can.

“As a batting unit we know they are going to come real hard in the first session.

“They did that when we were in the West Indies, they got early wickets against us.

“We had to play the sensible game of playing straight but that was for the conditions over there.

“Conditions here are a little bit in favour of the batsmen – you can actually play your shots." 

In Australia's tour of West Indies earlier this year in June, Warner averaged 24.50 and scored just 98 runs from four innings with a highest score of 62.

In three out of the four innings he played in the West Indies tour, Warner was dismissed by Jerome Taylor including a three-ball duck in the first innings of the second Test.

Recognising the threat of Taylor and Kemar Roach, Warner urged the Australian batsmen to be at their best in the upcoming Test matches.

"It will be interesting to see what lengths they bowl," he mused.

"I know Jerome Taylor likes to bowl it full because he likes to swing the ball.

“A high percentage of his wickets are caught behind - that’s something we have to take notice of.

"And Kemar Roach is a very good bowler, he swings them away, sort of angles it into the right-handers.

“We will have to be on top of our game.” 

Since 2000, Australia have won every bilateral series against West Indies and have lost only the one Test match - in 2003 in Antigua.

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