Gilchrist to Warner: Relax and the runs will comeJanuary 20th, 2009 - 5:11 pm ICT by ANI
Perth, Jan.20 (ANI): Former Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist has urged New South Wales batsman David Warner to learn to relax first, and said that once he does that, the runs will flow again.
Gilchrist, who played 287 one-day internationals during his nearly decade-long career, was quoted by Fox Sports as saying: “Don”t put too much pressure on yourself, I always felt that pressure came from within, it is not a matter of the headlines or the air time that you received.”
“Obviously that initial knock of his of 80-odd off 40 balls was very exciting. I was there watching it and I loved it. It was terrific, a great spectacle but for him just try now not to think that every time he does it, he has to produce that sort of result because the reality is it does not work that way, he added.
“So for him to relax and try to stay true to the processes he normally goes through and the results will come again eventually,” Gilchrist said.
NSW coach Matthew Mott said players such as Warner had to be nurtured.
“I think if he comes off one in three (innings) that is an extremely good effort at the top of the order,” he said.
Ahead of Warner’’s first match on his home ground in national colours, Mott said the 22-year-old simply had to come to grips with the pressures of international cricket.
The five-match one-day series against the Proteas is locked at 1-1 with Australia welcoming back a refreshed Mitchell Johnson for the SCG clash.
Meanwhile seamer Stuart Clark and opener Phil Jaques step up their campaigns for selection in Australia’’s tour of South Africa next month by returning to Sydney grade cricket this weekend.
They are returning from respective elbow and back injuries and have a Sheffield Shield match for NSW against Tasmania starting Friday week in Newcastle to further press their claims. (ANI)
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