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David Warner not worried about facing pink ball

David Warner not worried about facing pink ball
David Warner has scored 556 runs at an average of 139 from the two Tests against New Zealand in the series.
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Australian vice-captain David Warner has shrugged off the uncertainty of playing with the pink ball ahead of the first-ever day-night Test match against New Zealand.

The day-night Tests will feature a pink ball for better visibility under the lights, but there have been questions about its durability.

Stressing on the importance of not worrying about the pink ball, Warner wants Australia to take the focus away from it by batting well. 

“If we concentrate too much on the ball, we’ll forget what we need to do.

“Our job is to win the games, score runs, take catches, and take wickets.

“For us, it’s about focusing on the game and not worrying about the ball.

“In the last Test, we saw the red ball going out of shape.

“It was a bit of a bummer but that’s what happens in the game.

“We want to move on and for us it’s about focusing on the game and taking the ball out of the equation – that is for sure.” 

The highlight for Australia in their first two Test matches of the ongoing series was their opening partnership, which has taken the game away from New Zealand in a short time.

In the four innings played so far, Joe Burns and Warner have managed to put up partnerships of 161 and 237 in the first Test and followed it with another century-run stand in the second Test, all of them coming in quick pace.

Warner wants to emulate a similar strategy to counter any swing that the New Zealand bowlers can generate with the pink ball under the lights.

"We know early on their (New Zealand’s) key is swing bowling, and if it happens to be swinging around here you’ve got to see that spell of bowling out like we have done in the last two Tests.

"I think that’s what we (Australia) have done well as a top six batting unit.

"We’ve put on the runs that we have, we’ve actually been able to see through that spell and wait for the bad balls and that’s something Steve (Smith) wanted us to do as a top six unit was to score all the runs.

“At the movement we have been doing that.”

With 10 wickets from the two Tests, Mitchell Starc has stood out as the best bowler in the ongoing series and was able to sustain speeds over 150 kmph consistently.

Picking out Starc to be their key weapon against New Zealand under the lights, Warner is hoping to draw from the experience of playing day-night limited overs fixtures.

"We play day-night cricket with the white ball so we know what it's like batting at night.

"With the new ball we know that it can swing around.

“I'm going on the basis of white-ball cricket in places like the Gabba or the WACA.

“But we did see Mitchell Starc bowl very well when we came out here.

“The ball did swing around a bit.

“But it's a different story when you're bowling 150 kmph.

"So in an ideal world, I would have loved to have batted at night time.

“But that's why you have training at night, to practice."

In the four Tests played at Adelaide Oval between these two teams previously, Australia have won three while one ended in a draw.

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