England’s bowlers are ‘gettable’, declares Warner

David Warner says laziness was his downfall against England in the first one-day international at Lord’s on Friday.David Warner has set the scene for today’s second one-day international at The Oval by claiming England’s celebrated bowling line-up is “gettable” and even suggesting the opposition pacemen looked “tired” despite winning the series-opening game at Lord’s.
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The opener’s half-century put Australia in a good position, with every chance to win on Friday, but they surrendered wickets at crucial times to fall short in their pursuit of 273. England ultimately prevailed by 15 runs and their five-member bowling attack – quicks James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Tim Bresnan, Steven Finn and spinner Graeme Swann – was credited with deconstructing Australia’s run chase.

A brash Warner, however, believes the visitors blew an ideal opportunity to take a surprise 1-0 series lead, which would have promptly hosed down talk about England staging a 5-0 whitewash, a result they need to wrestle the No.1 spot on the ODI rankings from Australia.

“If we had a batter set, one of the top four in there at the end — we could have quite comfortably won that with, I reckon, probably five overs to spare,” Warner said after a practice session at the Oval.

“We know we’ve got to be critical on that and hope not to lose too many wickets in the powerplay and up front.”

The 25-year-old combatted what was thrown at him with high efficiency and looked en route to a big and probably match-winning score at Lord’s until he was undone by what he admitted was a “lazy” shot that brought reward for Anderson’s seam and swing via a good catch from keeper Craig Kieswetter.

Warner holds England’s much-praised bowling unit in high regard but said they were vulnerable, arguing Michael Clarke’s side could capitalise on what he saw as weaknesses towards the end of the innings.

“They are world-class bowlers,” he said. “Their four pace bowlers are fantastic, and they bowl that line where it is hard to rotate strike and get boundaries.”

He added: “At the end there, I think their bowlers are pretty gettable. They didn’t execute their skills enough with the ‘death’ bowling.

“I know that we lost nine wickets there; if we had a batter in, I think we could have definitely taken them down.”

In truth, Australia also played a high price for allowing England batsman Eoin Morgan to cut loose – his unbeaten 89 from 63 balls ultimately put the hosts out of reach – and the reverse swing Bresnan in particular was able to muster in the drier afternoon conditions was key, too.

However, Warner also blames himself for the mode of his exit – a snick to the slips – and vowed not to fall into a comfort zone again.

“It’s me thinking that I’m in and I shouldn’t be doing that,” he said. “It’s laziness, that’s all it comes down to. Early on I’ll be getting across to that and playing the ball on its merits, but as you get in you get a little bit tired, but what you tend to do is you know there’s no slips and you think you can get away with just working it down to third man or through extra cover.

“That’s my game, I’ve got to learn from that, get my feet across, not be so lazy through that period, and capitalise on that. You’re never in when you’re over here, and it was a little bit lazy myself. If I go back there again I’d have used my feet a bit more and tried to work it into the gap for a single.”

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