Warner Backed To Fire As Windies Seek World Cup Revival
Dubai, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 23rd Oct, 2021 ) :Australia will look for misfiring David Warner to rediscover his form against South Africa in the opening second round game of the T20 World Cup on Saturday.
Warner is a proven match-winner but has endured a miserable time in the format recently.
"I'm backing Dave's ability. I'm backing his judgement," said Australia skipper Aaron Finch.
"He's one of the greatest players that Australia has ever produced, and I've got no doubts that come Game 1 he'll be up and firing and ready to go." Warner has scored more runs in T20s against South Africa than any other country with 457 from 14 matches. His average is a commendable 35.35.
- 'Unforgiving media, fans' - Skipper Temba Bavuma is hoping to break a long-running history of failure at ICC events since the country won the ICC Knock-Out Trophy, forerunner of the Champions Trophy, in 1998.
Since then they have played in 19 tournaments, reaching the semi-finals nine times without going on to a final.
"We understand that our fans, our media, are quite unforgiving," Bavuma said.
"We will keep as we have been doing, stay together as a team, as a family." West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard, meanwhile, has revealed that his team have been watching footage of their dramatic 2016 World Cup success.
"As a team we actually saw it last night and it brought goosebumps back to us," said Pollard of the famous final win over England five years ago.
"For us to be in that situation and get over the line, it shows the never-say-die attitude. As a team, we look forward to trying to replicate winning the entire tournament. Those sorts of moments stick with us." England captain Eoin Morgan said there will be no scars from that loss as his team try to add the T20 global crown to the 50-over World Cup they won under his leadership two years ago.
"I think if there were scars we would have lost a lot of players who wouldn't have progressed like they have done over the last four or five years," insisted Morgan.