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Selectors have a tough decision to make - David Warner

Selectors have a tough decision to make - David Warner
David Warner wants to leave the selection issues to the selectors and wants to focus on his batting.
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Australian vice-captain David Warner feels that the selectors have a tough task of selecting the playing XI ahead of the Boxing Day Test against West Indies in Melbourne.

With Usman Khawaja fully fit and ready to go, the selectors have to decide between Joe Burns and Shaun Marsh for a spot in the playing XI.

Khawaja hit two centuries in his two Tests against New Zealand before getting injured and followed it up with another hundred in the Big Bash after recovering from the hamstring strain.

Warner stated that it was his job to concentrate on his batting leaving the selection issue to be dealt with the men in charge of it.

“It’s the selectors’ responsibility to select the team.

“That’s their job and they’ve done it well in the past.

“They’ve picked Joe for the first couple of Tests.

“He did well in his first Test.

“Now it’s a tough decision for the selectors and it’s in their hands.

“All I can do is concentrate on what I have to do.” 

Warner has had a fantastic 2015 after having scored 1277 runs from 12 matches including four centuries and seven fifties with a high score of 253.

The 29-year-old feels that by not playing in the Big Bash, he has been able to keep himself fit for playing Test cricket and get his mindset right for the format.

"I haven't played Big Bash for the last two years, so it's been great for me not to play because for me it is about rest and getting my body right.

"I think if we look back to the Ashes series that I did play during that [2012-2013] season I played Big Bash, I came out in the second over and tried to smash one out the park.

"Sometimes I genuinely try and do that, but in that mind frame I was in, I was in Twenty20 mode and I feel that hindered my preparation.

"I did not want to have that again and that is generally the reason I'm not playing Big Bash, but I'm not here to sit and tell everyone that that is what they should do.

"Everyone has their own way of preparing for games and the like to play the Big Bash.

“I would love to play the Big Bash, but for me it's about getting prepared to the play the Boxing Day test." 

Australia secured a massive victory in the first Test match by beating West Indies by an innings and 212 runs while finishing the game inside three days.

Warner and Burns set the tone for Australia’s first innings with an opening stand of 75 runs in just 11 overs after which Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh went on to post a record partnership of 449.

Observing that West Indies simply went through their motions during Australia’s onslaught, Warner highlighted the importance of dominating the opposition in the first session of the Test.

“As I said previously to the first Test, it is all going to come down to that first session and how we or they started.

“We started on top, scoring 70 runs in six or seven overs and that really set the tone for the rest of the game.

"That's generally what happens with some oppositions, you sort of know how to try and take it to them.

"We know the first session is crucial in every Test match.

“From our point of view it looked like they did go through the motions when we were batting on that day, when we batted big.

“But it's a new game, it's Boxing Day and we're all fired up and ready to go and that is what it is all about.”

Having reclaimed the Frank-Worrell Trophy in 1994-95, Australia have managed to retain the trophy in 10 successive bilateral series against the West Indies previously.

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