Warner carefully defends Burns in opening debate
David Warner has described Joe Burns as his most effective starting partner since Chris Rogers, while acknowledging that Australian selectors will finally have the final say on whether he is joined by the Queensland hitter or Victoria’s rising star Will Pucovski. .
Selection President Trevor Hohns made an extraordinary admission in announcing the test team, stating that Warner would have a say in choosing the opening combination after he and Burns provided a solid platform for the test team last summer. , following many of the best: asking for misadventures during the 2019 Ashes series.
Hohns’s words, in turn, made Warner’s even more meaningful than usual, and while he voiced his views with the usual caveats about selectors, he left little doubt that he felt Burns was a good value to. their place, particularly in terms of how the pair have complemented each other as players in a way they haven’t experienced since Rogers retired in 2015. Warner and Rogers started together in 41 innings between 2013 and 2015, averaging 51.32 with nine bleachers of the century ; Warner and Burns have an average of 50.55 in 27 booths, including associations of six centuries.
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“I know you’d like an answer. To be honest, I’ve had more than a dozen starting partners and it’s never been entirely stable. I think they gave me an opportunity to ask myself who I feel comfortable with and when I was hitting with Rogers, We had a great partnership and … we bonded really well in the middle, “Warner said. “I think Joe and I have done it for the past few years.
“I’ve known Joe for a long time, we’ve played in the middle together, we know each other’s game very well, but it’s up to the selectors to pick the right person for that position. If they go the way of Will, he’s hitting fantastic. He’s been in and out of test team and took himself off in some sad moments with his mental stuff.
“But as we know it’s harder to get out of this team than to get in, so whoever they go with, I’ll be fine and truly happy, as long as the person who comes in does their job. At the moment I didn’t. I think Joe did something wrong. Last summer we made some great partnerships, averaging over 60 and that’s what you want from your initial partnership. It’s up to the selectors to choose their team and I have to be happy with that and accept that. “
Reflecting on how he and Burns had bonded, Warner said his ability to start a long partnership together in the first Test of the summer against Pakistan in Brisbane, after Warner’s personal hell during the 2019 Ashes, had further bolstered what was already a strong relationship.
“I have not spoken to Cracker [Hohns] however, no, if they come to me and ask, I’ll be honest with them, “Warner said.” But with me and Joe we’re also good friends off the field, so having that support when you’re out there I know last year we were both quite nervous when we were going to the first test and then for him to come back to that team, without get a chance in England, there are some nerves floating around.
“But obviously we know how to get out of the strike between us, but that’s what you normally do anyway as a cricketer – if Will is there, he won’t do anything different. So it’s about building that bond and relationship and we are the two who hang out together all the time when we face each other, so you have to have that bond and partnership. “
When asked about criticism of Hohns’ suggestion that he consult Warner from former test captains Ricky Ponting and Mark Taylor, the starter said his views were solidly formed on the basis of the duo’s recent performance, even if Warner has been able to put many more individual races on the board than Burns.
“They are two guys who have captained their country. I’m sure they would have had a voice on their teams too. But they were obviously captains,” Warner said. “The way I see it, I don’t think it’s like the selectors are going to come and ask me. It’s more of a preference in the sense of how much time I’ve spent with Joe Burns in the middle.
“Obviously we won a lot of games last year, so for me, you don’t really break something that is working, which is obviously the opposite of when things don’t go your way and you have to try to find solutions.” at the problems. That is the only thing I can back up that answer with. As you say, when you get into the Australian team, you have to put numbers on the board and Will is an exceptional talent and a great player and he’s in the right frame of mind at the moment.
“This next type of game A will be the one to say it all. It could well be the match for that position. It will be interesting to watch, but the selectors will pick the team.”
Warner also reflected on how, at the age of 34, his game had evolved into a lower-risk hitting mode, albeit still score-free. “I just turned 34, so my days are numbered, when you’re 30. Obviously there is an element of risk, but there is also an element of cricket intelligence,” he said. “For me, it’s about getting off to a good start and taking calculated risks in that in-between if we’re talking 50-year games.
“I think last year was probably the most disciplined that I have hit in the cricket test match as well. I faced a lot of balls in games and gave myself a lot of time. I really took pride in the last 12-24 months, applying that discipline and keep learning as you age.
“You don’t always have this game controlled. You always have to keep thinking outside of that square and bowlers have different ideas and ways of trying to get you out. You have to be on top of your game to be able to adapt to that.”