Warner warns England to beware pace barrage

Updated: 01 September 2009 13:38 IST

Australia's David Warner has told England to expect plenty more short stuff from Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson in Tuesday's second Twenty20 International.

Warner warns England to beware pace barrage

Manchester, England:

Australia's David Warner has told England to expect plenty more short stuff from Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson in Tuesday's second Twenty20 International at Old Trafford.

Sunday's first of a two-match series at Lancashire's headquarters ended in a no-result washout, with England's reply to Australia's 145 for four lasting less than two overs.

But that was time enough for England to collapse to four for two with fast bowler Lee bouncing out debutant Joe Denly for a duck and left-arm quick Johnson having Ravi Bopara caught in the slips.

Lee, who missed the whole of England's preceding 2-1 Ashes series win with a side injury, worked up a fearsome pace and hit the 90mph mark in his one over.

Opening batsman Warner, who made 33 on Sunday, said both pace bowlers would be keen to continue from where they left off.

"We'll be targeting them (England) from short of a length as we saw yesterday (Sunday)," Warner told reporters at Old Trafford on Monday.

"Binga (Lee) and Mitch are bowling quick and England can expect more of that."

Warner, 22, is in many ways the prototype Twenty20 cricketer, scoring 89 on his international debut in cricket's shortest professional format, against South Africa in Melbourne in January, before he'd even made his maiden first-class appearance.

And it wasn't until the final match of the last Sheffield Shield season that Warner made his first-class bow for New South Wales (NSW), the left-hander marking his debut with 42.

A middle-order batsman in the four-day game, Warner could struggle to find a spot, outside of international call-ups, in an NSW side that boasts the likes of Phil Jaques, Phillip Hughes, Simon Katich, Michael Clarke and fellow rising stars Usman Khawaja and Moises Henriques.

But that hasn't stopped Warner from raising his Twenty20 profile with a stint for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League.

Warner, not included in the Australia squad for the seven one-day internationals against England that follow the two Twenty20s, is now looking to another stint in India to bolster his career.

"If I can get some good totals and keep pressing claims I can make sure my name is up there in the list if any injuries come along."

And he added he was keen to play against, rather than for, the Daredevils as a member of the NSW team involved in the Champions League, a tournament for the world's leading domestic Twenty20 sides, in India in October.

"It's going to be interesting. Delhi Daredevils have a very strong team with (Tilakaratne) Dilshan, (Virender) Sehwag, (AB) de Villiers, you name it, but we've watched them on TV and we'll have our plans so it will be a good battle if we come up against them."

But Warner admitted that, for all his globetrotting, he could find himself starting the next Australian season playing Sydney first-grade cricket for Eastern Suburbs.

"I've just got to bide my time, go home and start back in grade again with Eastern Suburbs. I love playing with my mates there, it's home, and I'm in that comfort zone there and hopefully I can put the scores together.

"You can't go to the top of log and stay there for the rest of your career. There will be setbacks.

"I'm only young and I want to play Test cricket. That's always been my dream as a kid and it's what I've always wanted to do. I can't be one of those who just plays Twenty20."



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