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Struggling Warner will stick to his guns

145   //    21 Mar 2017, 15:56 IST
Australia opening batsman David Warner

Australia opener David Warner said he "couldn't be hitting the ball any better" despite his poor form in India and is confident the runs will come without a change of approach.

Warner headed to the subcontinent in outstanding form, having scored his first Test century for almost a year against Pakistan in the Boxing Day Test and followed that up with another hundred at the SCG.

But the powerful left-hander has failed to score a solitary half-century in three matches against the top-ranked side, and you have to go back to October 2014 for his last century overseas.

Warner expects the tide to turn as Australia prepare to face Virat Kohli's side in a series-decider which starts in Dharamsala on Saturday.

"Everyone in world cricket, greats and legends of the game have had stints overseas or at home where they've had some form slumps, and that's just the game of cricket," the vice-captain said.

"I feel fantastic, I couldn't be hitting the ball any better but it's just that the runs aren't coming for me at the moment. That will come, it will turn around.

"I just have to keep being disciplined and making sure that my preparation is still the same. Don't change anything, and just go about my business as I do."

Warner does not feel the need to rethink his plan of attack in order to stop the rot. 

"That's where, in the back of your mind, you've got to keep telling yourself you've done the hard yards, you just don't lose it overnight," Warner said looking back to scoring his MCG century versus Pakistan.


"There were tough periods where I kept on thinking to myself  'am I actually doing the work at training?'.

"You always question yourself, are you doing the right things at training and are you preparing as well as you can. I sort of second guessed myself.

"I had a couple of words to some boys around Christmas time and they weren't seeing any trends or anything with my dismissals, everything I was doing at training was spot on and in the normal way I go about it.

"Nothing's changed, it's still the same. I've just got to go out and keep backing myself and when I'm out there adapt to the conditions and then keep backing myself to try and keep putting the runs on the board."

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