Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Michael Hussey: Don’t Put Pressure on David Warner

David Warner has already become a star player in Australia with his mind-blowing innings of 43-ball 89 on his debut Twenty20 match against South Africa in Melbourne recently. No doubt, the 22-year-old New South Wales opener has showed his talent, skill and aggressiveness in that marvelous innings, and there are many who already started seeing next Mathew Hayden in David Warner. Well, Warner’s teammate Michael Hussey has asked people not to put too much pressure on Warner by expecting a lot from him. Hussey thinks that Warner is learning quickly and is coping up with the newly found star tag pretty well.

Cricinfo reported:

"He's a pretty level headed guy, nothing affects him too much. I just hope people don't put too much pressure on the guy. He's just a young guy who enjoys playing in an exciting way."

"He knows how he wants to play and that's a pretty good start," Hussey said. "Hopefully it's a long journey for him. I'm sure there are going to be lots of ups and downs, like any player, but he plays an exciting brand and I hope he can continue to play in that sort of mould."

Warner has also been named as the stand-by of Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke for the upcoming five-match ODI series against South Africa. Clarke is currently doubtful for the CB series ODI matches as the batsman is suffering from thumb injury and is due to undergo a late fitness test before receiving the green light from team management. So, in case of Clarke’s absence, David Warner could get his ODI debut too in the upcoming ODI series. It is really like a dream-come-true story for an Australian cricketer to play in the national team even before getting debuted in first class cricket. Many quality cricketers in Australia in the past failed to make it to the Australian national team, despite having good record in domestic record and many players needed a lot to show in domestic cricket to break into the national side. Michael Hussey should know it very well that what it needs to get into Australian team, because he was overlooked by the national team selectors for a number of seasons, even though he was playing consistently well in domestic level. Now, let us see if David Warner can continue to perform for Australian team in the tournaments to come.


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