ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Michael Slater says David Warner is 'more of a thinking cricketer' now, yet to gain back old touch

David Warner is not playing his usual attacking game in the World Cup, but Michael Slater feels that Warner will be back in form once conditions turn favourable

Press Trust of India, Jun 18, 2019 17:43:55 IST

Mumbai: David Warner is not playing his usual attacking game in the Cricket World Cup, but former Australian opener Michael Slater feels that once the conditions become favourable, the swashbuckling batsman will gain more confidence and get back his old touch.

The 32-year-old left-handed batsman, winner of the Orange Cap in the IPL 2019, is among the top five run-getters so far with a tally of 281 in the ongoing World Cup in England and Wales.

"I think this is the new David Warner, he is more of a thinking cricketer now and I don't know if this serves him well. He has been adjusting to the conditions and has understood his role better," said Slater, a Star Sports expert, in a media release on Tuesday.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Michael Slater says David Warner is more of a thinking cricketer now, yet to gain back old touch

File image David Warner. AP

Warner, back in the Australian side after serving a year-long ban in connection with the ball tampering scandal in South Africa last year, slammed a match-winning 107 against Pakistan at County Ground in Taunton last week. He also hit half-centuries against Afghanistan and India.

"The way he (Warner) played according to the situation against Pakistan, (Aaron) Finch was the aggressor and he tapped into the conditions to grind his way to a century," Slater said.

"He won the Orange Cap in the IPL, so I think once the sun starts showing up more and when things quicken up he will gain more confidence and we will see the old David Warner back," added Slater, who played 74 Tests and 42 One-Day Internationals. Australia takes on an in-form Bangladesh next at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham Thursday.

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Updated Date: Jun 18, 2019 17:43:55 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254