[QODLink]
Cricket
Australia prepare for spin in the UAE
Batsman David Warner looks forward to the spin challenge Australia faces in the UAE against Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2012 14:30
Warner (C) travels to the UAE where Afghanistan will play their second ODI against an established side [AP]

Australia are ready for a trial by spin during their tour of the United Arab Emirates, opening batsman David Warner said on Thursday.

Warner's reputation, forged initially in Twenty20 cricket, is for blitzkrieg batting at the top of the order and he has a strike-rate in excess of 140 runs per 100 balls in that form of the game.

But in the UAE, in limited-over games against Afghanistan and Pakistan and on pitches expected to help spin bowling, the left-hander expects a completely different challenge.

"Everyone says we struggle against spin and we know they (Afghanistan and Pakistan) are going to have a lot of spin bowling," Warner told reporters.

"Everyone says we struggle against spin and we know they (Afghanistan and Pakistan) are going to have a lot of spin bowling"

Australian batsman David Warner

"In Darwin on pre-tour training we had a fantastic set-up with (batting coach) Justin Langer who arranged for wickets to be turning and challenging and our batters took a lot out of that.

"The boys challenged themselves and we got through it pretty well and now we're looking forward to that challenge."

Australia will play seven matches in the UAE with a one-dayer against Afghanistan in Sharjah on Saturday followed by three ODIs and three Twenty20s against Pakistan.

Pakistan's commitment to test Australia with spin is highlighted by their selection of five slow bowlers in a 15-man squad - Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Shoaib Malik, Mohammed Hafeez and Abdur Rehman.

"I'm coming up against these bowlers and I haven't really faced them (much) before," said Warner.

"I haven't faced them in turning conditions and I'm looking forward to it.

"The challenge for me is to keep rotating the strike. I can't just go 'three dot balls and I've got to hit a boundary'.

"If I do get bogged down for three balls I can't just try to hit it out of the park and get a soft dismissal. That would put us in a tough situation and it says I'm not playing for the team," said Warner.

Afghanistan will be playing only their second ODI against one of cricket's established sides after facing Pakistan in February, a match they lost by seven wickets.

"It gives them a chance to see where they are against the rest of the world," said Warner.

"We've maybe slipped down the rankings but it gives them the perfect opportunity if they can knock us over to say 'we can beat anyone in the world'.

"We are not going to take them lightly. We know what they are capable of over here."

432

Source:
Reuters
Topics in this article
People
Country
Featured on Al Jazeera
Swathes of the British electorate continue to show discontent with all things European, including immigration.
Astronomers have captured images of primordial galaxies that helped light up the cosmos after the Big Bang.
Critics assail British photographer's portrayal of indigenous people, but he says he's highlighting their plight.
As Western stars re-release 1980s charity hit, many Africans say it's a demeaning relic that can do more harm than good.
Featured
No one convicted after 58 people gunned down in cold blood in 2009 in the country's worst political mass killing.
While hosting the World Internet Conference, China tries Tiananmen activist for leaking 'state secrets' to US website.
Once staunchly anti-immigrant, some observers say the conservative US state could lead the way in documenting migrants.
NGOs say women without formal documentation are being imprisoned after giving birth in Malaysia.
Public stripping and assault of woman and rival protests thereafter highlight Kenya's gender-relations divide.