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'Future of Indian cricket bleak'

Australian batsman David Warner harped on the vulnerability of the youngsters in the visiting team on fast and bouncy tracks and wondered where Indian cricket would go once the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid retire.

india Updated: Jan 13, 2012 20:07 IST
Perth,Sachin Tendulkar,Rahul Dravid

After brutalizing India with the fastest century by an opener in the third cricket Test on Friday, Australian batsman David Warner said that the visiting team's future is bleak as their youngsters are a long way to learn how to cope with fast and bouncy tracks.

Warner harped on the vulnerability of the youngsters in the visiting team on fast and bouncy tracks and wondered where Indian cricket would go once the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid retire.

"The challenge for India has always been how they perform outside. Everyone talks about bouncy pitches and how they approach it. When Tendulkar and Dravid and those boys retire in a couple of years, where is Indian cricket going to be. Are the youngsters coming through? They have to find way, come here and work hard and do well on green wickets," he said at the post-match press conference after first day's play.

He said the third Test was all but over for India after the visiting team was bowled out for 161 before Australia replied with 149 for no loss on the first day at the WACA.

"They are bowled over already. We try to bowl on 5th-6th stump and they don't like leaving ball, they like hitting as many balls as possible so they are fishing and nicking it and that's what we have been doing," said Warner, who hit his ton in 69 balls and was batting on 104.

"I don't know whether it's going to be 4-0 or 3-0—for the moment we want to get this Test of the way," he said.

There was a bit of verbal exchange between Warner and Virat Kohli and Ishant Sharma towards the end of the day, and asked about it, he said, "Virat and Ishant said that once I come to India my averages is going to fall and it would be a different story. But I said it's probably going to be 10 extra for wickets here are livelier while in India it's flat.

"It's not easy for us as well to do well in WACA. We get one game in a year or two, we don't know the bounce. I was telling that I have batted twice here and not got many runs."

Warner was like a tracer off the block and he hit all Indian bowlers to all parts of the ground.

"If the ball is in my zone, I go for it. If my head is still and balance right, I am in good position to score runs. In WACA, if you are aggressive, you can also get value for your shots. I backed my instincts," he said.

Warner failed in the first two Tests against India at Melbourne and Sydney and he said it was because some doubts had crept into his mind over the state of his batting.

"At SCG, 600 runs were scored and I missed out. It racked me in the mind. What did I do wrong? I got a good ball from Zaheer in Sydney and it does put some doubts in your mind, where your next runs are going to come.

"I had the option of taking nets but I stayed at home and cleared my mind. Only just before (the Test), I last had hit for two hours," he said.

Asked about his state of mind after he was hit on his head by Umesh Yadav when on 80, Warner said, "The physio came and asked if I had a blurred vision. I wanted to carry on and told myself I needed to keep watching it.

"I have faced Umesh at nets in IPL while playing for Delhi Daredevils. He is very hard to face at nets for he never gives me balls in my zone. He keeps bowling bouncers.

"Indeed I feel bowlers are at least 10km quicker at nets. You feel restricted at nets but it's different in games, there is breeze and open spaces and you don't feel restricted."

Warner, who also hit a century against New Zealand at Hobart in December, said today's ton was the better one.

"I would have said Hobart had we won the Test. But I came to WACA with doubts, I hadn't scored in a few innings. But I turned it around here. It would be great if we could make 500 and take the series," he said.

"We have to get through the opening session. Zaheer is a threat to left-handers, especially with balls going away from us. You look to get through him and get release against other guys. Wicket here on day two and three actually quickens up and there is a bit more bounce," he said.

First Published: Jan 13, 2012 19:12 IST