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David Warner ready for Sri Lanka challenge

David Warner ready for Sri Lanka challenge
David Warner has scored 272 runs from three Tests against Sri Lanka at an average of 54.40.
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Australian opening batsman David Warner is eager to make a mark by adopting a positive approach during the tour of Sri Lanka in July.

Warner, who has established himself as one of the mainstays of the Australian batting line-up will play his first Test in Sri Lankan conditions during the upcoming tour.

When Australia toured Sri Lanka the last time in 2011, David Warner was part of the Test squad but did not get a game in the 1-0 series victory.

Australia won the first Test by 125 runs and drew the remaining two games to secure the Warne-Muralitharan Trophy for the second time.

In the second match of the 2011 series in Pallekele, Shaun Marsh scored 141 runs in Australia’s first innings, becoming the 19th player for his country to score a hundred on Test debut.

Having observed the conditions in Sri Lanka from close quarters, Warner stated that building partnerships will be the key to success in their upcoming tour.

“I was over there when Shaun Marsh made his debut hundred (in September 2011),” Warner told cricket.com.au.

“I’ve seen first-hand how the wickets are there.

“I know Pallekele is a nice batting wicket with a bit of late turn in the innings.

“Galle is traditionally a slow turner and in Colombo it’s a very nice batting track.

“For us, as a batting group, it’s about batting long periods and building partnerships and putting on good totals to make sure that our bowlers are in play come the second innings, whether it’s through reverse (swing) or spin.”

Warner went on to make his Test debut in December 2011 against New Zealand and has gone on to become the fourth fastest Australian cricketer to go past 4000 Test runs.

Making a name for himself with his attacking style of play at the top of the order, Warner has amassed 4506 runs at an average of 50.06 with 16 centuries and 20 fifties to his name.

Since January 2012, no other batsman has scored more Test runs and more centuries than Warner, who is currently Australia’s vice-captain.

Stressing on the importance of playing positive cricket, Warner said that a defensive approach in the sub-continent conditions will not bear fruit.

“Sometimes we can get caught being too defensive and forget about attacking a little bit,” he said.

“Sometimes that can work in your favour if you attack a little bit more the bowler might have to take out a short leg or an extra slip and put it somewhere else.

“We’ve got to be prepared to bat time and battle the demons of whether the ball is actually turn as much as you think.

“For us it’s our bat in front our pads and actually using our feet a bit more and looking to score.

“We’re going to have to come up with a game plan to suit those conditions and you’ve got to stick to your game plan.”

Against Sri Lanka, Warner played three Test matches in 2012 at home and has 272 runs at an average of 54.40 including four fifties.

The 29-year-old has asserted that he will continue to play with a positive frame of mind as Australia look to win their sixth successive bilateral Test series against Sri Lanka.

“It’s about giving yourself an opportunity to score.

“I think we can get too bogged down in those situations you lose your way of thinking and the remedy of that is you’ve got to try and score runs.

“At the end of the day, for me, my best way of approaching the game is to look to score runs.

“If I’m looking to score then I’m in the right frame of mind.

“That’s always going to be my positive energy and intent and that’s always to look to score first and defend second.”

Apart from the three-match Test series, Australia will also play five One-Day Internationals and a couple of Twenty20 Internationals during their tour of Sri Lanka which lasts from late July to early September.

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