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We need to be smart against spinners - David Warner

We need to be smart against spinners - David Warner
David Warner scored a nine-ball 17 in the first T20I against India in Adelaide.
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Australian opening batsman David Warner has urged his team to play spin smarter in the remainder of the Twenty20 International series against India after losing the first game in Adelaide by 37 runs.

Australia were going strong during their chase of 189 after scoring 82 for one in the first eight overs.

But, the spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin triggered the collapse by striking thrice in three wickets leaving Australia at 93 for four after which they never recovered.

Jadeja dismissed Steven Smith and Travis Head while Ashwin trapped Aaron Finch lbw and exerted a lot of pressure on the middle and lower order of Australia.

Warner admitted that Australia have not been smart enough to capitalise on the big grounds while dealing with the spinners.

“It was four for 50 off eight [against both the spinners combined], that’s always something we need to improve on.

“It is something we have always spoken about.

“During the middle overs, a lot of us get carried away trying the big shots and not trying to take the advantage of the big fields in Australia.

“In India you can get away trying to hit boundaries because it is bit smaller.

“Here our basic batting wasn't right the last night.”

After the game, Finch took the responsibility for the defeat as he got bogged down at one end, which led to more pressure on the batsmen at the other end, especially Warner and Smith.

Praising Finch for taking the responsibility, Warner revealed that the plan has always been for the set batsmen to bat through the innings and provide the team with a chance to win the game.

“It was a great thing that Finch put up his hand.

“We know as the batters who are set and if you are losing wickets in clumps, you got to be the person to see through the end in the 20 overs.

“Whether we are or not going to win the game, you still got to be there and give yourself a chance.

“That's where he put up his hand and claims responsibility of not being the batter to go through.

“We know in Twenty20 cricket if one of the top four bats till the end, you win most games but we didn't have anyone who was set.”

During the game, Australian players were wired up with the Channel Nine commentators during batting with Smith being a victim of it as he seemed to have lost his concentration just before he got dismissed.

Despite the debate, Warner defended the practice stating that the players do not feel any additional pressure while sharing the experience of playing in the middle.

The 29-year-old also believes it is the responsibility of the players to entertain the people as well and such practices aid in it.

"We've been doing that for the last couple of years," he said.

"Obviously it's not in the interests of Channel Nine to disturb us while we're out there and for us to be dismissed.

“It's upon us to be responsible and professional to understand that's what's happened when you're out there.

"It's about entertainment, that's why we've seen it with the Big Bash, we've done it plenty of times on Channel Nine, it gives a great insight for people at home to understand how we're dealing with situations when we're out there.

“I've done it and I feel no added pressure, it's great I can actually give people at home an indication of what we're trying to achieve."

Australia will now look to level the series when they take on India in the second T20I in Melbourne on 29th January.

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