David Warner warns pitches could backfire, news, preview

Australia is licking its wounds from a shocking ODI series defeat to Sri Lanka, but David Warner has warned his rivals about a silver lining that will give the tourists the last laugh.

The countries will compete in the Test arena starting next week after sharing the T20 and ODI series this month.

And Warner believes that despite losing three consecutive ODIs in the latter, Sri Lanka unknowingly prepared Australia for a peak ahead of the series of two tests.

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Australia had trained on mostly green nets, but the ODIs have provided twisting conditions – Sri Lanka threw 43 overs spins in the fourth game – which will serve the tourists well.

Warner, who described the pitches as “extreme”, said: “We always expect to turn wickets and it’s fantastic preparation for us … it’s a great practice leading up to the Test series.

“We really love that they play back-to-back on the wickets – that’s what we want, we can’t get that practice in the nets – the nets are green.

“For us it’s great to practice in the middle with these dust bins. It will be exciting for the practice matches in Galle, because we know what we are going to achieve there.”

The fourth ODI featured four of the Australian Test’s top six; Warner, Marnus Labuschgne, Travis Head and Cameron Green.

Steve Smith did not play, but was present in the first two games in which spin also played a major role.

On Australia’s final test tour of Sri Lanka, it was dismantled 3-0 with left arm spinner Rangana Herath revolting for a whopping 28 wickets at 12.75.

Then coach Darren Lehmann described the wickets as “devils”.

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Spin is expected to play a huge role again in the Test series, but Warner believes the Australians are better prepared almost six years later.

“This is extreme spin, you don’t usually see these kinds of wickets, you only see them here,” he said.

“It’s about being busy – I remember playing in Dhaka, that was one of the worst wickets I’ve ever played on, and I made a hundred.

“It’s about commitment, it’s about concentration and it’s about hitting for a long time.

“On the subcontinent, a small mistake costs you money. You should always be ‘on’.

“It’s going to be difficult, especially with the heat, but we’re looking forward to it.”

He added: “That happened in 2016 – it’s just there’s no Rangana Herath (anymore). They obviously have other spinners on their test team, but it won’t be anything unexpected for us. †

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