Sunday, January 11, 2009

Warner Brothers Presents...


I don't think there's a connection but in case you're wondering, David Warner is the 22 year old Australian who is playing his first international match for Australia as I write.

Warner has created waves in the current domestic season in Australia with his awesome hitting, which eventually led to his elevation to Australia's T20 squad for the match against South Africa.

"I'm going to be in the same dressing room with the guys I've looked up to all my life. Just to be next to them is going to be very, very special and I might actually ask for some autographs."

Thats what Warner said when he heard of his selection.

After his 89 off 43 deliveries today, Ponting & Co. might be asking for his autograph!

Six 6s and Seven 4s.

He was up against Ntini, Steyn, the other Morkel, Kallis. Even Botha!

This is what he did to Steyn:

5.2 Steyn to Warner, SIX, what a shot! That was bowled at 149.8 kmh and Warner merely turned around and helped the ball over the fine-leg boundary with an audacious paddle shot, fine leg was in the circle, Steyn can't believe it

5.3 Steyn to Warner, SIX, 52 off 19 balls! Warner gets there by charging and pulling the short ball high and far over deep midwicket, this guy has awesome hand-eye co-ordination, and terrific bat speed

Warner missed the chance of becoming the first man to score a ton on his T20 debut, but his 89 put him second on the list of highest scorers on T20 debut, only behind his captain.

And his 50 off 19 deliveries is the second fastest 50 in 20-20 internationals.

Those are not his only achievements this season as Moses and Jrod would tell you.

According to Moses, Warner's unbeaten 165 off a mere 112 deliveries against Tasmania is the highest score by New South Wales batsman in history. He batted only 34.1 overs for that!

If Jrod is to be believed, Warner is the first non Indian without first class experience to be recruited by an IPL franchise.

I believe Jrod. Warner has signed up with the Delhi Daredevils.

Can you just imagine a top order that reads:

1. Sehwag
2. Gambhir
3. Warner


All of 22, second highest score on international 20-20 debut, second fastest 50 in T20Is, highest One Day score for his state team, and the first non Indian without first class experience to sign with the IPL.

And this is just the start!

Make your pitch on this post...

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10 Pitched:

  1. Sam said...

    Aussies on roll and saffers on choking track once again....

    Warner whatta player and what a debut.


  2. Q said...

    Australia's ODI and T20I team right now rocks IMO!

  3. Australian Cricket Legend said...

    Wasa brilliant innings by the lad, and he seemed to show no nerves at all. SA simply had no answer to his hitting.

    Interestingly i thought that van Jaarsveld would be the batting star of the match, and was surprised that he didn't make it higher up the order. Although he only made a tentative 12 off 15 balls that was more than Gibbs, kallis and De Villiers put together, and i really do see him as an opener in T20 cricket.

  4. Q said...

    Welcome here Australian Cricket Legend..

    I dont know much abt Van Jaarsveld but I was stumped to see Kallis opening the innings. Are they pleasing him after dropping him from the WC last year?

    Sad comeback for Gibbs!

  5. Naked Cricket said...

    got the right name for the IPL. Expect lotta bored banter abt him and warne becoz of that name.

  6. Australian Cricket Legend said...

    Thanks Q.

    I don't know about that, but the main thing is that this shows how willing Australia are to blood young players. It really works to their advantage.

    I think there has been a realisation that the old guard is on its way out, and we have thankfully moved forward, and fast.

    Could you imagine, for instance, theECB picking somone so inexperienced? Never! Well done to the Aussie selectors.

    The other impressive batsman was Diminy. Most players come out and swing the bat at everything in 20-20 and it's only a matter of time before they get out. Duminy just played naturally and still scored at nearly two a ball. Reminded me of Lara.

  7. Q said...

    The banter has started NC!

  8. Q said...

    Aussie Legend: Duminy has completely impressed on his tour. He is the perfect replacement for Kallis. Once Prince is fit, Kallis is the only one I can see make way for Duminy.

    As for the Aussies, I think its a welcome change to look at youngsters, however for the ODI side they always did so in the past as well.. its the tests where they could do with some more youthful firepower I think.

  9. nestaquin said...

    It was a great start but we need to remember that no international analysts have really had a chance to find his weaknesses.

    Rest assured he has more than one but I'm not telling. The rest of the world can work that out by themselves.

    For now enjoy the show but you will find he'll need to adapt once he has played internationally for twelve months.

  10. Q said...

    Sure Nesta.. he will be watched and analyzed and disected and figured out..

    But as u said.. lets enjoy his achievements for the moment.

    Though I do feel he is a long term prospect..

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