England did not bowl wicket-hitting lengths enough, reckons David Warner

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16 Dec 2021 | 05:32 PM
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England did not bowl wicket-hitting lengths enough, reckons David Warner

The Australia opener, who is nursing a rib injury, missed out on a century by five runs

David Warner missed out on a century by five runs on the first day of the pin-ball Test in Adelaide. The Australia opener reckons England did not bowl enough deliveries to hit the stumps, which worked in his side's favour as they piled on 221 for 2.

Stuart Broad, who bowled the fullest on Day One troubled Warner the most, but was not rewarded with his wicket this time around.

"The difference (in Adelaide) I feel was the length they bowled here today... isn't hitting the stumps. That length in England is. That's the difference," Warner said. 

"I batted out of my crease and Marnus did too to be able to adapt to leave the ball on a good length. We backed ourselves the ball would go over the stumps. That was something we learnt from the Gabba, the Gabba bounces more than it does here. We had to make little minor adjustments and negate that."

"I think if you look at seven dismissals (in England), I probably played at some I didn't have to. He had some good balls there. There is no real difference. In England, he got the ball to dart back quite sharply."

Warner, who went into this game with a rib injury, was also left surprised with the short-ball strategy employed against him, especially after he was well set. "That's a tactic they have obviously tried to put through to us. I don't know why they were doing that," Warner said. 

"But for us you have to play each ball on its merits. Obviously here it is a short square, so you have to back yourself to have a game plan and stick to that. They mix up their fields as well with different field placements and then from your perspective it's about how you're going to adapt to that situation.

"You get into positions where you are almost in one-day mode as well, there are gaps in front of the wicket. A couple of flat-bat shots. Once you get one or two boundaries away and you start leaking, you have to change tactics. But they didn't do that. It worked into our plan a bit, and the ball got softer."

Warner also said that he was close to missing the match through injury, but managed to pull through with the help of some painkillers. "I was pretty close (to not playing), but unless I have no leg I am not going to not walk out on the field," Warner said. 

"I probably showed that last year. The same thing, you don't want to miss a Test for your country. If you can get out on the park, I will do everything I can to do that.

"A couple of painkillers I did have a local this morning just before I went out to bat. Probably hurt more than what the ribs are at the moment. I was always going to get out in the park as best as I could. And obviously, if I had the doctor handy it was going to work.

"It (the injury) doesn't feel great, but at the end of the day I had a Test match to play and there is a series on the line and I wanted to commit to that."

Despite missing out on a well-deserved century, Warner said he was happy that he was in the right zone throughout. "You've got to hold your shape and if you miss it, you miss it. So be it, and then you're happy to get out. You know, if you nick a good ball as long as you're not following it," Warner said.

"That's one thing I've done well the last two innings that I've played, I probably follow one or two balls in Brisbane and was a little lazy in one where I obviously got dropped. 

Today I felt like I was in the right zone, playing my areas and trying to create a bit of length to cut and pull. And that's what we spoke about out there because we were getting nothing. It's one of those hard grinding days. I think there's a big tick for us," he added.

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