South African pacers will target ‘desperate’ Warner: Boucher
Melbourne: South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher says the pacers will apply the blowtorch to a desperate Australian opener David Warner in the one-day series starting in Centurion on Wednesday.
Warner back-to-back Champions League hundreds were followed by a first-over run out in Cape Town, and a second-over pop into the air off Morne Morkel in Johannesburg.
“I was watching the game in Cape Town and sometimes a run out can be the start of a demise for you. He (Warner) got run out in the first game and out in the second. He is probably desperate for a bit of form,” said Boucher.
“He’s played a lot of T20 cricket and has just come off the Champions League where he did really well, but it’s different conditions in South Africa. He is up against quality opening bowlers in (Dale) Steyn, Morkel, (Wayne) Parnell.”
“We know what he can do with the bat, (we`ve got to try and) stop him from being out there for a long time,” he added.
Meanwhile, Boucher believes former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting remains as dangerous as ever.
Some big scores in the three ODI matches would provide a boost for Ponting, but Boucher believes the former Australian skipper comes to South Africa with "nothing to prove".