Learnt the art of staying at crease from Chanderpaul: Warner

Perth: Their individual approach towards batting is radically opposite but David Warner feels that playing county cricket alongside senior West Indian batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul had helped him a lot.

Incidentally, Warner had equalled Chanderpaul`s record of fourth fastest century in Test cricket scoring a ton in only 69 balls. Warner claims that it`s from Chanderpaul he has learnt the art of batting through the day.

"I learned this off Chanderpaul when we were at Durham," Warner was quoted as saying by a leading daily.

"He batted on the bowling machine for six hours. I said, `This is ridiculous, how can you do this?` And he said, `If you`re going to bat for six hours in a game you might as well practice it`."

At the rate he scored his 180 in Perth, batting for six hours would taken Warner past 300. From Matraville in Sydney`s eastern suburbs, Warner, 25, always had simple goals.

"When some people turn 18, they want to travel but I had no interest in that," he said. "I just wanted to work and make it in cricket."

Now his work is cricket, and he is travelling the world.

It`s all a far cry from the schoolkid packing supermarket shelves who was given a $10,000 contract as a rookie, then worked in a warehouse.

"I played a couple of one-dayers for NSW and was upgraded to a USD 30,000 contract, so I quit work to train full-time and I haven`t looked back since," Warner said.

Indeed, his next Cricket Australia contract is likely to approach USD 1 million a year, given he is one of the very few on the 25-man list now playing all three forms of the game at international level.

Warner still cannot believe he has become a Test cricketer via the Twenty20 slogfest.

"It`s still weird to me," he said recently. "I`ve done it back to front. Now I have to make the most of the games as they come along."

Has there ever been a greater understatement after two remarkable centuries in his first five Tests. Despite Twenty20 cricket`s helter skelter nature, Warner believes it has made him a better player.

"If I`m building an innings it`s going to help me with shot selection and to be a lot more assertive as well," he said.


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