The Return of David Warner to the side has been quite controversial for fans. Despite his decent performance, Warner was criticized in the previous matches. For a long period, he along with Smith were banned because of the ball tampering issue that shook the entire Australian cricket board and fans alike. On his return, Warner spoke about the time he was away from the field and how he was able to remain calm and understanding of the situations. He really wanted to make it to the world cup squad and be a part of defending champions.
In his match against Afghanistan and West Indies, he placed the ball well. The bat was swinging through the line of the ball and he managed to hit a few boundaries giving Australia a decent if not an amazing start. The response of the crowd was not very relieving. They critiqued that Warner was not playing his original game. He couldn’t convert the 50s into 100s. In addition to this, both experts and audience believed that Warner’s strike rate was much lower than they expect from the left-hander. His ability to consistently score from the first ball makes him unique in his cricketing style and a slower Warner was not very entertaining.
Warner did defend himself saying the wicket has been unpredictable and rain doesn’t allow the ball to come on to the bat so well. The delay factor did play a major role in tricking the batsmen. Even against India, he tried his best to give a stable start to the team. However, the total was too big a score to chase and Australia lost the match.
The match against Pakistan was crucial in many ways. The chances of rain were less and these 2 points could get the team into a stronger position in the tournament. Apart from this, it was very important for Warner as a batsman. The Pakistani team was not among the strongest teams but it definitely can trouble the teams. Both Warner and Finch started off well and the run rate stayed close to 6 an over through the Australian innings. Finch was dropped earlier in his innings but the partnership went on to score 146 when Finch was caught. However, David Warned played responsibly and scored his century with a strike rate of over 100. It was a delight to see Warner in his trademark style.
He explained how the innings was carved and highs and lows of the batting order. Though the middle order completely collapsed we were on par with the 300 mark because of the good start. The Pakistani bowling attack made several mistakes on the field. They failed to bowl the right lengths consistently. The ball was either pitched too up or too short which allowed us to free our hands. We planned to target the spinners and we succeeded in that. Warner is glad about his original playing style and hopes to continue with the same form.