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David Warner targets World T20 win

David Warner targets World T20 win
David Warner has set his sights on helping his side claim the World T20 to be held in India next year.
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Australian vice-captain David Warner has set his sights on helping his side claim the World Twenty20 to be held in India next year.

Ever since its inception in 2007, the showpiece event of the shortest form of the game has been the elusive trophy for the Australians and Warner is determined to break the jinx this time around.

With the tournament to be played in India, Warner opined that the Australians had a huge opportunity to add the missing trophy to their list.

"I really do think this could be one of our best chances to win the Twenty20 World Cup,” said Warner.

"We've probably played more (in India) than we have at home in the Twenty20 format.”

Australia have reached the semi-finals of the tournament twice in 2007 and 2012 while finishing runners-up in 2010 but haven’t been able to go the distance till date.

With most of the players having played in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Warner feels that his side will better equipped this time to have a real crack at the title.

"I think going to India, there's no excuse for conditions.

“All the players have played there before (and) played IPL there.

“Whatever team is selected that will be the right team for those conditions.”

While the Australians have managed to be immensely successful in Tests and One-Day Internationals, they are yet to achieve the same momentum in T20s.

Warner attributed the inconsistent performances of the Australian team in T20s to the lack of exposure available in the international calendar.

With Australia playing fewer international T20 games a year, Warner stated that it was difficult for his team to get a consistent combination in place.

"It's like anything -- it's playing consistent cricket with the same team.

“When you work a lot with each other over a certain period of time, you can establish and work it out," he said.

"Leading into the World Cup for the one-dayers for example, we had a team that didn't really change as much and you do almost play the same team in the Twenty20s but (you're not together for the same amount of time).

“We play one T20 every blue moon in Australia.”

The 28-year-old further stated that it wasn’t easy for his side to quickly adjust to the difficulties of a major tournament like the World Cup without frequent match practice.

"It's quite challenging for us to go into a group and go 'here you go, play this tournament'. This is big.

“You have to work out what your chemistry is in the format itself."

With an aggregate of 1444 runs to his name, Warner is the highest run-scorer for Australia in the T20I with a superb strike-rate of 138.

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