SYDNEY – David Warner has admitted he is still a novice in ODI cricket and understands why he was passed over for the stand-in captaincy of the Australian team for Friday's CB series match against Sri Lanka in Sydney.
While Steve Waugh has expressed his surprise at former captain Ricky Ponting being preferred to lead the team in Michael Clarke's enforced absence due to injury, Warner said he was happy to have been excused from the additional pressure of taking the captaincy after making a quiet start to the ODIs. He also acknowledged his own modest record in the format - 268 runs at 20.61 in 13 matches - as a valid reason not to thrust the top job upon him just yet.
"It's exactly what John [Inverarity] said, basically telling me what I already knew about being under Michael Clarke and getting some experience for future years and hopefully lead the country one day," Warner said at the Sydney Children's Hospital. "I'm thoroughly enjoying that role behind Michael there and obviously appointing Ricky as captain is due to his experience and an opportunity for me to be under him as well, he's led the country for many years and I'm looking forward to being his vice [captain].
"I've not had a great start to the one-day series and I'm looking to put numbers on the board. The selectors have noted they don't want to put any extra pressure on myself, and I felt the same thing and agreed with what they had to say. I take that on board and I thoroughly respect the decision.
"I'm still learning the one-day game as I've said to people about Test cricket. Test cricket was all about me trying to set a foundation for myself and a base for how to go about my game and I've established that at the moment. Now it's back to one-day cricket, where I've got to focus on what works for me at the top of the order, how to approach my game, it's not T20 cricket, I've got 50 overs and I'm still going about that how I am, I'm still talking to the experienced guys like Michael Hussey, Punter and Michael Clarke as well."
Communication has been raised as an issue for kicking around over the past few days, particularly relating to Brad Haddin's uncertain public standing in relation to the national team. – Agencies