It was always about going back to basics for me: Warner

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14 Nov 2021 | 06:26 PM
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It was always about going back to basics for me: Warner

David Warner, who turned his form around in astonishing fashion stated that it was down to sticking to basics

Coming into the tournament, David Warner’s form was a prime concern for the Australian team, with skipper Aaron Finch insisting that the southpaw was an integral part of the puzzle. In the 2021 edition of the IPL, the Australian opener had just scored 195 runs in seven games, averaging 24.37, at a strike-rate of 107.73.

However, the opener turned his fortune around in the T20 World Cup, with 289 runs in just six games, averaging 48.16 at a marvellous strike-rate of 146.70. In the post-match presentation, following yet another impressive half-century, Warner admitted that it was about going back to basics for him.

“Always felt really well. Didn't get much time in the middle in the two practice matches obviously. But for me it was about going back to basics. Going to hard, synthetic wickets and try to hit some balls. Definitely up there with 2015. Being part of the World Cup final against England a decade ago definitely hurt,” Warner said in the post-match presentation. 

“These guys are a great bunch of guys. Great support staff, great team, great support back home. Just wanted to put on a great spectacle for everyone. Bit of nerves around with a good score on the board. Just great to see the guys deliver,” he added.

Australian skipper Aaron Finch called the T20 World Cup win ‘huge’ and revealed that the team stuck together and performed as a unit. 

“This is huge. To be the first Australian team to be able to do it. So proud. We knew our backs were against the wall. We had some great individual performances, some great team performances,” Finch said. 

Finch also hailed the efforts of Warner, stating that the criticism was almost like poking the bear. The Australian skipper also praised the efforts of Adam Zampa and Mitchell Marsh, who were key to Australia’s win in the competition. 

“Can't believe people wrote him off saying he was done (Warner). That's when he plays his best cricket. Was almost like poking the bear. The player of the tournament for me (Zampa). Mitch Marsh - what a way to start his innings today. Wade coming into this game with an injury cloud but got a job done. Stoinis did the business.”

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