Australian opener David Warner takes to concrete to find rhythm ahead of Twenty20 world cup clash agaisnt Sri Lanka

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Australia's David Warner has laughed off talk about his form despite recent knocks of 14, 1 and 0.
Camera IconAustralia's David Warner has laughed off talk about his form despite recent knocks of 14, 1 and 0. Credit: AP

David Warner has moved to facing 145km/h thunderbolts on polished concrete wickets in a bid to recapture his rhythm at the Twenty20 World Cup.

Warner on Wednesday made a point to shoot down claims he is out of form, claiming he had been laughing at questions over his run of outs.

Instead, he said he been left to lament a lack of time in the middle, playing just five games since April after struggling for a game in the IPL.


He also pointed to the manner in which he got out against South Africa in Australia’s tournament-opening win as proof he was not out of sorts.

Caught trying to drive at gully on 14, that it was not the shot of a man out of form and that he had felt good in practice ahead of Thursday night’s clash with Sri Lanka.

He has had to improvise though, with practice wickets in the UAE tired after being used for 12 weeks since the return of IPL training.

It prompted a move to concrete decks against the ball-throwing wanger device, in a move suggested by his regular batting coach Trent Woodhill.

“It’s something I have done at home before,” Warner said.

“It’s one of those things that you want to feel bat on ball. You want to feel good.

“But it also makes you start moving your feet a little bit more.

Australian opener David Warner is out of form.
Camera IconAustralian opener David Warner is out of form. Credit: Matthew Lewis-ICC/ICC via Getty Images

“And when you’re doing that and you’re moving, you start dancing in the game.”

Warner and opening partner Aaron Finch had both resorted to the measure, accepting low and slow practice wickets were no preparation for facing quicks with the new ball.

“If you don’t get your feet in the right positions and your weight moving forward through the ball and you’re practising bad habits ... you have to go back and do the basics,” Warner said.

“And for me that’s about getting the ball back onto the bat.

“You’ve got to get your brain working again with your feet and your hands and getting in a good position.

“I get some wangers. Generally they’re quite sharp, about 135 to 145km/h.

“So it’s all about getting in the rhythm and getting into right position, because that’s what’s going to happen in the game.

“This game (I’m up against) Lahiru Kumara as well.

“He’s quite a fast bowler as well. So it gets your feet moving and gets you in the right positions.”

Warner meanwhile does have reason to enter Thursday’s game with confidence.

He scored a total of 217 runs in his last T20 series against Sri Lanka, unbeaten in all three knocks.

But he is wary this situation is different, with boundaries bigger in Australia and Sri Lanka’s seamers swinging the ball early in this World Cup.

“You try to take that form from last time in 2019 and work out how you build your innings,” Warner said.

“It’s about trying to get back into that rhythm of identifying what you did well against certain bowlers and trying to take that out into the field.”

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