Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Wickets produced for the World Cup have been outstanding: Warner. David Warner registered his highest score in T20 WC against West Indies
David Warner registered his highest score in T20 WC against West Indies
Australia came into the T20 WC with an unflattering record in T20Is, tasting defeat in eight of the 10 games they played in the build-up. These included two 1-4 series defeats to Bangladesh and West Indies. So in many eyes, they were not favourites to qualify out of a tough Group 1 in the Super 12 phase.
A comprehensive victory against West Indies, led by David Warner's highest individual score of 89* in this format, has put them one step into the knockout phases and potentially two steps away from their maiden title in this format. Warner opined that results in the run-in to the tournament were not an accurate reflection of the team's potential given the nature of pitches involved in those tournaments viz. the constantly improving ones here in the UAE.
“Look, I won't say the team was out of form. I think you have to look back and look at the wickets that they played on,” Warner said after the eight-wicket win over the defending champions. “To be fair, New Zealand went to Bangladesh and played on those kind of wickets. And it's very difficult where teams are not getting more than a hundred for both teams, it's going to be a challenge for anyone.
“So for us, we come out here, the wickets that have been produced here have been outstanding and the curators have done an amazing job over the last 14 weeks to host IPL and this World Cup. We are obviously seeing a very nice batting wicket that was out there today, and I think after the last game as well, playing in Dubai, the wickets are becoming very, very nice and very true.”
Australia's position in Group 1 looked particularly shaky after a mauling at the hands of England midway through the Super 12 stage. After a promising start to the tournament with wins over South Africa and Sri Lanka, they were humbled by Eoin Morgan's side, who bowled them out for 125 and then chased the score down in under 12 overs.
Warner & Co. though have been able to put that defeat behind them, romping home to big wins of their own against the two teams they lost series to most recently.
“Yeah, look, obviously a very toss-dependent game with that wicket,” Warner said of the England game. “They bowl extremely well, and know that they come hard in that power play and they have always had great success. From our point of view, it's good to get one of those games out of the way because sometimes it happens in tournament play.
“Sometimes you do get hurt and you get hurt badly. And that's what happened to us. For us, it's going and just doing what we normally do. You have to forget very fast about that, keep backing your game plan and putting your best foot forward and we have done that.”
Warner believes the team has worked itself into a good run ahead of their next encounter, against the other form team of the tournament, Pakistan.
“I think all in all, I think we are hitting the momentum in the right stage of this tournament. As the gentleman here said, he said that Pakistan are like dragons; they are going really well. But at the end of the day, you know, you've got to stay up and about, and that's what we are going to be trying to do, obviously if we make it through watching this game closely [South Africa v England] tonight.