It seems the Australian opening batsman David Warner has worked really hard on his game after being dropped from the Australian team for the One Day international matches against England and India. He is performing remarkably well in the ongoing Ashes and is the leading run scorer for Australia in the series at the moment.
He is being lauded a lot by the former players these days and it’s not only because he has scored a lot of runs in the Ashes series so far. It’s because of the way he has batted. His defence looks much improved and he has played solidly in all the 4 innings. He has not got out trying to play a rash shot even on one occasion.
To become a good test opening batsman, you need to have a tight defence. You can’t just come, throw your bat around, get quick 20-30 runs and perish. If you have to have a long career in the longer version of the game, you must be good in defending. David Warner didn’t seem to understand these things when he had started his test career. He used to make his way to the crease and start going ballistic and he used to get out cheaply while doing that.
But, in the first two test matches of the ongoing Ashes series, he has looked a matured player. He has been prepared to fight his way through the tough phases and that’s what has impressed the former players the most.
Warner has made hundreds in the past as well, but, he never looked as secured at the crease as he is looking now. However, the Ashes series has not ended yet. There are still 3 test matches to go and Warner needs to keep playing like this to help Australia get the little urn back.