Australia on the look-out to strike the right balance - Cricket News Update
Despite their comprehensive victory against Leicestershire, Australian opener David Warner believes that his side is still working on finding the right balance in their batting, considering the task lying ahead, which sees them taking on England in the five-match
In the first warm-up game of the tour, the tourists posted 241 for 8 in a rain-interrupted match which was reduced to 41 overs. Leicester had to chase a revised total of 239 in 36 overs when the rain affected the match for the second time.
Warner opened the innings with his new partner, wicketkeeper Matthew Wade. Vice-captain, Shane Watson, was asked to come down the order from his permanent position in the opening slot. Earlier, the all-rounder had opened the innings in the five-match ODI
series against the West Indies in March, whereas, Wade batted lower down the order.
"Me and Matt are very similar players, we're both aggressive, as a unit out there we've got to work on probably our ones a little bit more," the left-hander said.
However, Warner didn’t count the English conditions as a reason for Watson’s relegation to the number three position. The 25-year-old mentioned the absence of Michael Hussey, as a reason for the visitors, to keep tinkering with various batting spots and
find the right combination during the upcoming matches against Ireland and Essex.
"We're trying to get our structure right, obviously with Mike Hussey not being there it's a big blow for us in that line-up. We're actually looking forward to getting out there and actually finding the right combination,” the New South Wales batsman said.
Warner struck a methodical 74-run knock in the side match, before he was retired out, was quite thoughtful about the efforts his skipper Michael Clarke and coach Mickey Arthur have put in to come up with the best combination.
"I think at the moment we've got a good combination and then it's obviously up to (captain) Michael Clarke and the coach (Mickey Arthur) to work out what is the best line-up for us," the opener added.
Australia will face Ireland on Saturday Jun 23 and Essex on Tuesday Jun 26 before their first ODI against England at Lord's next Friday on Jun 29.