David Warner ‘extra motivated’ to do well in India, Ashes | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Back among the runs after scoring a scintillating double hundred in his 100th Boxing Day Test match against South Africa, fly-half David Warner says he is yet to finish and that ‘he was “very motivated” to do well in the highly anticipated test series against India and the ashes Next year.
After a long period of leanness, Warner returned to form in style and helped Australia blast the Proteas by one set and 182 runs to sweep the Test series.
After the match, the 36-year-old said he was in a happy place but hinted that Test cricket could be the first to “fall” in his international career.
“I wish you would stop telling me my age. I don’t feel like I’m 36,” Warner said after the CGM test was completed in four days.
“I run faster than a lot of these youngsters in (the dressing room). So when they catch up to me, I might think about pulling the pin.
“The extra motivation for me is to win in India and completely win a series in England. The coach and the selectors have told me that they would like me to be there. I always know what energy I can bring to the team. .”
Of his Testing career, Warner said: “Were there any doubts? Yeah sure there were doubts in my mind. But for me it was just about going out there and knowing that I still have that hunger and determination because every time I rock training, I have it.
“I think once I started losing that spark and that energy around training and, you know, taking the mickey out of people, cracking jokes here and there… I think it’s at that point I probably know it’s time.”
Australia will face India in four Tests with the series opener scheduled in Nagpur from February 9.
“We know what we’re going to prepare for, they’re going to turn wickets. It’s different with the venues, Nagpur and Delhi quite dry, then Dharamsala at this time of year, we’ve played there, and we probably would have had to win this test, but we lost it ourselves.
“There will be times when it will be tough there, but it’s about how our hitters can build and hit big like we did in Pakistan.
“I think with the ball we’re going to do a fantastic job, we’ve got a world-class spinner in Nathan Lyon and we’re going to have to potentially think about playing two spinners.”
“Obviously in Sri Lanka we had good methods and we saw in that first test in Galle, everyone was playing sweeps and reverse sweeps, everyone had a method and they stuck to it,” he added.
Asked if this would be Australia’s best chance of winning that elusive Test series in India, Warner said: “Should I start the headlines now, before I go there? I’m remember someone was talking about the two-day test the other week. It’s going to be interesting.”
Fed up with Cricket Australia’s ‘public trial’ to lift its ban on leading South Africa’s ball tampering scandal, Warner recently had a blast and said his family couldn’t be ‘a washing machine dirty cricket”.
“Everything is parked now. I don’t have to worry about it. I don’t even think about it. (The) focus is now on Sydney and I’m preparing for the BBL (Big Bash League),” he said. -he declares.
(With PTI entries)


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