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Cricket news - 'Nothing to worry about' - Warner on Archer duel in IPL

David Warner will face Archer's Rajasthan Royals on October 11.

David Warner will face Archer's Rajasthan Royals on October 11.

Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner has played down concerns over facing Jofra Archer in the IPL this year. Warner was dismissed four times by the England quick in the recently concluded limited-overs series in England, but he is unfazed about the prospect of facing his big rival again at some stage in the tournament.

Archer dismissed Warner in the first two T20Is before the 33-year-old opener was rested for the third game. When Warner returned to the line-up for the ODI series, Archer troubled him again, getting rid of the left-hander in the first two games before Warner fell to the off-spin of Joe Root decider.

"As I always say, the faster you bowl the further you go," Warner said ahead of SRH's first game. "At the end of the day, they are going to get you out, doesn't matter if they have your measure or not. He bowled three good balls to me, I can't do anything about that just like Stuart Broad bowled about eight good balls at me (in the Ashes).

"When two (good) guys are at their peak at that moment, it's very difficult to unsettle that, but in the last game I batted pretty well against Archer so there is nothing to worry about."

SRH have a long way to go though before the duel against Archer's Rajasthan Royals. They open their campaign against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Dubai on Monday (September 21). Warner, who just arrived in the UAE from England, spoke about the challenges of moving from one bio-bubble to another.

"Bubble life is very challenging," he pointed out. "It is the hardest thing not to have family with us due to restrictions. But these are unprecedented times due to Covid-19. The BCCI and the organisers have done a fantastic job by putting this up. Obviously the next few months will be challenging. In Australia, we can go out, play golf and drive a car. Hopefully, we can do some recreational stuff [here too]. But first and foremost is that the tournament gets going. It makes a difference."

Warner has also challenged SRH's new-look young middle order to take the fight to the opposition in case the top order crumbles soon. Warner and Bairstow have forged a formidable partnership at the top of the order and SRH have now invested in the likes of Virat Singh, Abdul Samad and Priyam Garg after letting go of Yusuf Pathan and Deepak Hooda.

"We did not give much of a chance to our middle order last time," Warner said looking back at the 2019 season. "We will do our job at the top of the order, they should go out and bat freely. If wickets fall, [they should] try and put pressure back on the bowlers. Move forward; if you suck up balls, you won't help anybody."

The skipper is also hopeful of experienced campaigners Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan stepping up this time especially with the legspinner having played a lot of cricket in the UAE. "Bhuvi and Rashid are very experienced bowlers and are doing well," he said. "Obviously upfront the new ball will swing here and in the middle, Rashid knows the wickets inside out, learning from bowling with the dew. He knows what to do when there is dew. Overall, we have got a balanced team."

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