Warner praises Australian approach to ODIs

Stand in Australia captain David Warner has praised the aggressive approach of his team after they clinched an ODI series win in Sri Lanka with victory in the fourth match in Dambulla.

Warner was also highly critical of the surfaces on offer, which has become a familiar tune that the Australian team and management have sung on this visit to Sri Lanka.

Australia comprehensively beat Sri Lanka in the fourth match of the series, winning by six wickets with 19.4 overs to spare, thanks largely to Aaron Finch and George Bailey.

Warner said: "It's always awesome to have one of your players go off like that and for me it is more of a watching tour to be honest,

"I've been up the other end or in the dug out watching the guys go about it. But it's fantastic – I love that Finch comes out and plays his game. That's how we play. That's the Australian way.

"We have always played that way, and as I said to the guys today, you almost know what your role is. The first 10 overs was the new ball and we had to make the most of it.

"It's about getting a good start in these conditions and make use of that new ball when we're batting, because otherwise you see what happens when the ball gets old – it starts turning square."

Bailey gave a masterclass on how to play spin, executing his sweeps and reverse sweeps better than anyone has on this tour.

Warner continued: "We had to learn to adapt,

"Look at the way George Bailey came in and reversed and swept and backed his game plan. The way he has played in the subcontinent in the last couple of years, his form has been outstanding, and the way he finished it off today was superb."

The victory was set up by an excellent bowling performance from John Hastings, who took 6 for 45 leaving Sri Lanka about 40 runs light according to Dinesh Chandimal, who stood in for captain Angelo Mathews in the field, after the skipper was injured while batting.

Warner said of Hastings: "He's been a very good bowler for a long time now and he's a very cagey one – you have to respect him,

"I know when I've played against him in the past, he's just so hard to get away. In these conditions, he is very challenging to go after, and it showed tonight. His skills were fantastic and there's probably a reason he got a personal best.

"The other string to his bow is that he can hit a long ball. We look around our team and our squad that we have had the last two years – we've got some very good allrounders in Australia. I think we're in a very good paddock and that's the fantastic thing about Australian cricket."

Warner had a dig at the surfaces which he believes are below par, especially when compared with the Trent Bridge surface that saw England crash a world record 444 for 3 just the other day.

The skipper complained: "It's hard to gain momentum when the wickets prepared are like this,

"I speak from an Australian cricketer's point of view – we're about growing the game. When it comes to one-day cricket and Twenty20 cricket you like to see more of a contest where you're scoring over 300 runs and you're chasing down totals.

"Sitting back last night and watching England score 400, then coming out here, busting our backsides for both teams scramble to 200 – it's probably not ideal for people coming out here to watch that kind of cricket.

"It's a little bit disappointing from our point of view because it's not the way we like to play. We like to play an aggressive brand of cricket.

"We like to entertain the crowd. So far, it's been very difficult to try and do that. From the Sri Lankan spectators' point of view – for them I'd like to see fours and sixes and big hits. At the moment it's probably not that way.

"When you see games like the England match last night – that's what I love about cricket. I love that kind of atmosphere, and that's why as a youngster I went to watch the game.

"But if you come here and you play five games like that, on wickets like they have here at the moment, it is going to be very, very tough to draw a big crowd all the time."

 

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