Proteas express pity for Aussie David WarnerJanuary 23rd, 2009 - 1:46 pm ICT by ANI
Sydney, Jan.23 (ANI): South African cricket team coach Mickey Arthur says he is amazed by the hype surrounding explosive Australian rookie David Warner and fears the expectations will crush the young power hitter.
“Actually, I feel quite sorry for the lad. He’’s played one fantastic innings and suddenly he’’s been hailed as the next Messiah almost. I think it’’s been way over the top, to be honest. Yes, he’’s a good player. He looks very talented, but he’’s played a handful of games. He hasn”t played a first-class game of cricket yet,” Fox Sports quoted Arthur, as saying.
Warner, who will open the batting in his second one-day international, took the cricket world by storm when he thrashed 89 in just 43 balls in his Australian debut during a Twenty20 match against South Africa in Melbourne.
However, Warner, 22, has managed two single-figure scores since in the second Twenty20 international and his first one-day match, against South Africa in Hobart last Sunday. “The expectations on his shoulders are huge and I think those expectations get heavier and heavier with every failure. Hopefully, we can still keep him under that sort of pressure. But to be fair to the guys, he’’s very dangerous,” Arthur said.
“He can set a team up. He’’s the type of cricketer that, on his day, will win you games. What Australia do with him is up to them but he looks dangerous,” Arthur added. Having played just 10 one-day matches for NSW, including seven this season for 343 runs at an average of 57, Warner won national selection after a state record 165 not-out from 112 balls and 97 off 54 balls. Both scores were against Tasmania. (ANI)
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