Me and Ed make an odd couple, says Warner

Last Updated: Sunday, January 15, 2012 - 15:59

Perth: Australian opener David Warner admitted that he and his opening partner Ed Cowan make an "odd couple" at the crease after the two put on 214 runs for the first wicket here.

"As people have said, we`re an odd couple. But when we`re out, there we keep each other going. We always talk to each other after every ball," said Warner, whose 180 off a mere 159 ball earned him the man of the match.

"I know Ed`s game. I know where his release shots are to get off strike, when difficult periods are happening. And it`s the same with me, when he thinks I`m playing too loose, he`ll come down to me and say "mate you`ve got to keep playing straight." I respect that and Ill always listen to my partner. Hopefully, we can keep continuing this and hopefully it`s ones of many big partnerships."

Warner talked of the frustration when he couldn`t get place in the New South Wales team.

"The frustration as always there with NSW not giving me an opportunity. But at the end of the day, there were blokes ahead of me and I had to go out and score runs in grade cricket and second XI cricket. And I had to make my way into the team, and the only way to do it was through weight of runs."

The stockily built Warner feels that he is in a happy space.

"Fortunately enough, I did that. At the moment, I`m in a good head space and really enjoying my cricket. The team team is going fantastic and I couldn`t be happier." Warner was asked how difficult it was to attack in Test cricket.

"I forget about the last game and worry about what`s happening out there. I knew with the Indian guys, the best batsman in the world is struggling out there. Some times you think, well what can I do. But I`m just going to keep backing my game. I did that, went out there. The balls were in my areas, my zones."

The only Indian bowler who seemed to have bothered Warner a little was Zaheer Khan.

"The one I always feel threatened with out there was Zaheer Khan. He put the ball in fantastic areas, swung the ball away from me. Played and missed probably half a dozen times. But the other guys probably bowled a fraction short or too wide, and I capitalised on that."

"When the ball is in my area I kept on putting it away. I knew there was value for shots out there. If I hit past the in-field, it was going to be four. I kept backing myself and that`s how I`m going to keep approaching it," he added.

Warner vowed he wanted to be more consistent in all formats of the game.

"I`ve always said I`d like to be more consistent in all three forms that I`m playing. Runs today, and you might miss out the next game, but that`s cricket. Hopefully today wasnt` a one-off thing."

Warner believes that his second century was a testimony to the fact that he can play a matured innings if the situation demands.

"I showed in my second Test hundred that I could play maturely as well in difficult situations. Hopefully, I can continue my form and our bowlers can keep taking wickets as well."

PTI



First Published: Sunday, January 15, 2012 - 15:59

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