Australian opener David Warner was back in his business as he regained his batting form in a match against Sri Lanka. On Thursday, Australia beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets as Warner led the charge with his elegant 65 off 42 balls to announce before the world that he is not done yet.
David Warner leads Australia’s chase against Sri Lanka
Warner smashed spin bowler Maheesh Theekshana for a boundary of a gritty reverse-sweep ball, his first of the 10 big hits of the day.
The swashbuckling opener took 31 balls to reach his 19th T20 International half-century and kept firing from one end even though Wanindu Hasaranga dismissed skipper Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell.
Warner couldn’t finish the game for his team as he holed out to Bhanuka Rajapaksa off Dasun Shanaka’s bowling.
Warner was going through a rough patch since the COVID-19 pandemic and was struggling to score runs, which led to his snub from IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2021.
When you ride the highs, you’ve got to ride the lows: David Warner
Warner said that he doesn’t need to shut his critics as every player has to overcome his low moments.
“Shutting the critics down? No, never. That’s the world of sport. When you ride the highs, you’ve got to ride the lows; you’ve got to stay confident, keep a smile on your face and never let it get to you,” Warner said in a virtual press conference.
“Yeah, look, obviously I don’t look at the stats, but sometimes you match up well against different teams, and like tonight I obviously started fresh. Everyone was talking about my form, which I reiterated that’s not the thing I’m worried about; it’s about going out there and starting well,” he added.
Australia will play their next match against England on Saturday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.