Australia in Bangladesh: Darren Lehmann backs David Warner to come good

David Warner averages an ordinary 36.61 away from home, and Australia’s coach Darren lehmann wants big returns on the tour of Bangladesh from the team vice-captain.

cricket Updated: Aug 14, 2017 11:38 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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David Warner has a good chance to improve his Test batting average during the upcoming tour of Bangladesh. The first Test between Australia and Bangladesh will be played at Dhaka from August 27-31, whereas the second Test will be at Chittagong from September 4-8.(Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

Australia head coach Darren Lehmann has backed vice-captain David Warner to bring about a significant change in his numbers while playing in Asia, ahead of their two-Test tour to Bangladesh.

David Warner, regarded as ‘The Bull’ and ‘The Reverend’ for his explosive batting style, having toned down his on-field aggression over last couple of years, has contrasting averages home and away. (IND vs SL 3RD TEST LIVE SCORES)

In his last Test at home — against Pakistan at Sydney — Warner smashed a 78-ball century to join a small but a very exclusive list of batsmen who have scored a century in the first session’s play on Day One of a Test. He is only the fifth batsman ever after Victor Trumper, Charles Macartney, Don Bradman and Majid Khan to have achieved the feat.

However, the Indian tour in February-March this year for four Tests witnessed David Warner receding to his old reputation of being a batsman with a lot of promise but ordinary numbers to show, as far as playing Test cricket in Asia is concerned. He made only one fifty in an intense series.

Poor record in India

In eight Tests in India, Warner has scored a mere 388 runs with three fifties at an average of 24.25. He has played a mere two Tests against Pakistan in the UAE — a home venue for Pakistan — with one century and a fifty.

He has not played a Test yet against Bangladesh and Warner, who averages more than 60 at home, has received backing from the head coach ahead of their tour. Warner averages 36.61 away from home and Darren Lehmann wants the key batsman to improve his numbers.

Steven Smith, captain of Australia and Darren Lehmann, head coach of Australia look on during a nets session. (Getty Images)

“I think he’s realised what he can and can’t do. I’m pretty confident that he’s going to turn his form around on the subcontinent. He looks good from what I’ve seen of him so far, and he got starts in India (earlier this year) without going on,” Lehmann was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

“If he goes on, then we’ll have a really good series in Bangladesh. So for him, and for the team, we need him to make big runs as he normally does (in Australia),” the coach added.

Lehmann is wary that Australia will need big scores in Bangladesh and he has pinned hopes on Warner to assist his side in achieving the goal.

Target score

“We saw that in India, so the key is instead of making 350 you have to make 450-plus and bat a long time. First innings runs are going to be paramount as per normal, and it’s going to be the batters job to get us there,” he added.

Lehmann, however, praised the Australian batsmen once again for putting up a fight in the intense series against India, which the visiting side lost only in the final Test.

David Warner has not played a Test against Bangladesh. (Getty Images)

“They played at the speed the game needed to be played at, whether it was slow or fast, or taking the game on at the right times and playing a different sort of game to what we would normally play on the subcontinent.

“From my point of view, the way they adapted and changed to conditions – and each wicket during that India series was different – that was a really great,” Lehmann said.

“But while that was a competitive series and a great series to watch and be part of, at the end of the day we fell short and we’ve got to get better in a few little key areas when we get to Bangladesh,” he added.

The first Test between Australia and Bangladesh will be played at Dhaka from August 27-31, whereas the second Test will be at Chittagong from September 4-8.

First Published: Aug 14, 2017 11:28 IST