Glenn Maxwell explains David Warner's slow-going in WC

David Warner looks away as Jaykishan Plaha receives treatment

David Warner looks away as Jaykishan Plaha receives treatment

India's bowling coach Bharat Arun said they had developed a short-pitched bowling plan to Warner that would make him uncomfortable and not allow him to free his arms, something opening bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar adhered to strictly on Sunday. Australia won their first two matches of this tournament as they beat Afghanistan by seven wickets and Windies by 15 runs. He feels that one of their top-order batsmen should score a big century like Shikhar Dhawan to chase that giant target successfully.

Warner soaked up 50 dot balls in his 56 (84) in the loss to India and while the knock showed grit it also added pressure given Australia was set 353 for victory after its most expensive bowling performance in World Cup history. "Finch and Warner are probably as good as openers in the world".

"It happens quite a lot in the modern game where you see that right-hand, left-hand combination, especially if they've got a lot of spin".

Usually one of the most aggressive openers in world cricket with a strike rate of 96.55 before his ban, Warner has gone at just 71.84 in his first three games back for Australia.

"If it's past 35 overs, you're probably not going to do it [bat Khawaja at four], Maxwell is going every day of the week after that".

"By his own admission [Warner] today he probably wasn't at his absolute best. We seemed to find the field a lot in the first 10 overs", Ponting said.

"Davey obviously didn't have his best day but he was able to bat a little of time rather than throwing it away early", Maxwell said.

"It was always going to be a hard task".

"The run out happened at a really crucial time (the 14th over)".

Ponting feels that Finch's run out happened at a really crucial time as the team had just started to get momentum. Ponting stated that they also needed a Dhawan-like inning in their top-order and that would have had put them in the game. The momentum had just started to turn there, Finchy had started to find the boundary a bit more frequently. "There's certainly enough skill and enough talent to turn it around pretty quickly", he added. Australia are due to play Pakistan on Wednesday in Taunton.

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