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David Warner admits burnout, calls for longer gaps between tournaments

Featuring in all formats since November 23, Australia’s David Warner demands better planning between series.

cricket Updated: Feb 19, 2018 17:54 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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David Warner-led Australia have made it to the final of the tri-series which will be played against New Zealand on February 21.(AFP)

Australia vice-captain David Warner has said last month’s five-match ODI series against England, immediately after the rigorous Ashes 2017-18, was a ‘mental breakdown’ for some of his teammates.

Warner, who is currently Australia’s stand-in captain for the ongoing T20 tri-series involving England and New Zealand, is the only player who has played in all formats since November 23 when the Ashes began.

The Warner-led Australia have made it to the final of the tri-series, which will be played against New Zealand on February 21.

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Steven Smith, on the other hand, has reached South Africa with key members of the Australian cricket team for what seems to be another intense four-Test series on offering, starting March 1.

“In hindsight, you can say yes (given) the way that we performed. But even if we performed as well, you probably would have got a break as well,” Warner was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

“I just think the thing that’s missing is the gap between the last Test and the first one-day game. England had, I think, four players maybe (playing both Tests and ODIs) and besides Chris Woakes, there wasn’t another bowler. You look at little things like that, that can benefit us in a way,” Warner added, claiming, “It was a bit of a mental breakdown from a few of us.”

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Warner was supportive of the idea to have fresh faces in the T20 tri-series. “If you look at the Twenty20 team at the moment, the way these guys have come out of the Big Bash fresh, they’re just killing it,” Warner expressed.

“It’s sort of set the example that if we come around to the same situation again with a big Ashes series, do we look at certain things? And that’s up to Cricket Australia to look at and judge,” he said.

However, Warner said players will never put their hands up asking for rest, calling for better planning of cricket fixtures. “(But) we’re never going to put our hand up to say we need a rest, that’s for sure, because every day we’re living the dream,” he said.

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The left-handed opener will miss Australia’s only tour match for the South African tour, and has pinned his focus on nets to get used to the conditions. “Hopefully I’ll get my time in the nets and I will be able to adjust to that,” he said.

“Mentally, 100 per cent you’re going to be drained. Physically you’re always primed when you go out there no matter what. There’s no excuses,” Warner said.

First Published: Feb 19, 2018 17:11 IST