Ponting tells Warner to trust himselfJanuary 22nd, 2009 - 2:09 pm ICT by ANI
Sydney, Jan.22 (ANI): Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting has reportedly told batting sensation David Warner to trust himself and his ability as he gets ready to erupt in front of his hometown fans for the first time at the SCG.
Selectors have stuck with Warner to open the batting for Friday’’s third one-dayer against South Africa, and Ponting has no doubts the rookie left-hander can quickly bounce back to form.
Warner made front and back-page headlines when he slammed a whirlwind 89 off 43 balls on his Twenty20 debut for Australia earlier this month.
But the 22-year-old flopped at his next start with a seven followed by another single-figure score in his one-day debut in Hobart.
“I guess in a way he probably wishes he didn”t make that 80-odd in that first Twenty20 game because it brought a bit of that pressure and spotlight on to him,” Ponting said.
“(Having said that) the wicket in Hobart did have life in it early on and it wasn”t easy to bat on. “I think we all saw in the Twenty20 how damaging he can be.
“For David now, I guess it’’s a matter of working out a style that will work for him in the 50-over game and trusting in himself and not worrying about all this speculation about how good he might be or how quickly he’’s going to score runs, Fox Sports quoted Ponting, as saying. “He has to work out a style of play that will work for him and that will only come from experience, Ponting added. (ANI)
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