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David Warner aims to end Australia’s overseas woes in his 100th ODI

David Warner, who is all set to play his 100th ODI for Australia in the fourth game against India at the M Chinnaswamy stadium, says that the team are determined to break their overseas jinx and there is still plenty to play for in the remaining games of the tour.

india vs australia 2017 Updated: Sep 27, 2017 20:57 IST
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Hindustan Times, Bangalore
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David Warner speaks during a press conference ahead of the 4th cricket ODI against India at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Wednesday. (PTI)

The M Chinnaswamy Stadium holds a special place for David Warner. It was at this venue in 2016 that he led Sunrisers Hyderabad to their inaugural IPL title in 2016. On Thursday, he is all set to play his 100th ODI for Australia, joining a select group of individuals.

Speaking at the pre-match press conference, Warner stated that Australia have plenty to play for in the series.

“We have lot to play for. Our pride is at stake. We have to make the most of the remaining five games. You try to win the overall battle.

“Even though the series is lost, we still have two more ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals to turn the tour around,” Warner said.

Australia are facing a situation similar to what India faced in the 2016 series Down Under.

After losing the first four ODIs, India clinched the Sydney ODI and clean-swept Australia 3-0 in the Twenty20 Internationals to end the tour on a high.

Virat Kohli, who hit three consecutive fifties in that series, said, “We decided before the Sydney ODI that we want to finish the tour four-all. This was because we played so well earlier but didn’t get on the board.”

‘Test cricket key’

David Warner has been enjoying a magnificent run in ODIs for the last 18 months. Ever since the India series in January 2016, Warner has slammed 1556 runs in 28 games at an average of close to 60 with eight centuries.

His tally of seven centuries last year was a record. The left-hander attributes his great run in ODIs to Test cricket.

“Playing Test match cricket has allowed me to play the game properly and has showed me that there is a lot more time in 50-over cricket than in T20 cricket.

“Trying to bat in the middle period, play the game according to what the situation is and set a platform for the guys coming in is something that I am striving to achieve,” Warner said.

The 30-year-old is playing an ODI series in India for the first time and admitted that it has been a difficult experience.

“It has been a new experience with two new balls. The Eden ODI conditions were the most difficult that I have ever faced from a white ball point of view. It swung a lot more than England,” Warner added.

‘Significant milestone’

Ahead of his 100th ODI, Warner reflected upon his journey and said that it was one of the most significant moments of his life. “It is a significant milestone for me and my family. It’s a dream come true. I am proud of how I have established myself,” Warner said

First Published: Sep 27, 2017 15:19 IST