Australia’s boundary-hungry T20 batsmen need to curb their desire to play too many big shots in the middle overs, according to opener David Warner.
The Australians lost 9-62 in as they crashed to a 37-run loss to India in Adelaide on Tuesday night in the opening game of the three-match series.
No one outside the top three reached 20, as Australia squandered a promising start of 1-89, in pursuit of a target of 189.
“During those middle overs, I think a lot of us get carried away with trying to play too many big shots and are not actually trying to take advantage of the big fields in Australia,” Warner said on Wednesday.
“In India, you can actually get away trying to hit boundaries because it’s a bit smaller and, if you’re (hitting the ball) just either side of the fielders around the bat, you can actually get a lot more value for your shots.
“But definitely here, our basic batting wasn’t there last night and that’s trying to get twos on the big fields.”
One positive Warner drew from the defeat heading into Friday’s match in Melbourne was the good bowling form of allrounder Shane Watson in Adelaide.
“His form the last 18 months probably hasn’t been as good as he would have liked. He knows that – we all know that,” Warner said.
“But we always want him performing to the best of his ability. The one thing that I think he’s added strength is his bowling.
“It’s such a great thing to see him work hard on that and we’ve seen it in the Big Bash.
“He’s clawed his side back (into games) a lot in certain situations and we saw it last night.”
While the clamour continues for Usman Khawaja’s inclusion in the Australian shorter-format teams, Warner stressed it wouldn’t be easy to oust the batsmen who have scored so heavily in recent one-day games.
“There’s obviously been a lot of hype and talk about Usman Khawaja but, if you can tell us who the selectors can leave out, then you’ve probably got a discussion there,” Warner said.
“But at the moment, with all the guys going as well as they can, it’s the nature of the beast in this game – you’ve got to keep scoring runs.
“We’re in a great spot. All the guys are in serious form and it’s going to be a very, very hard nut to crack.”