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Updated: January 16, 2012 14:28 IST

Learnt the art of staying at crease from Chanderpaul: Warner

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David Warner acknowledges the crowd after hitting a century against India during their cricket test match at the WACA in Perth on Friday, Jan. 13, 2012.
AP David Warner acknowledges the crowd after hitting a century against India during their cricket test match at the WACA in Perth on Friday, Jan. 13, 2012.

Their individual approach towards batting is radically opposite but David Warner feels that playing county cricket alongside senior West Indian batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul had helped him a lot.

Incidentally, Warner had equalled Chanderpaul’s record of fourth fastest century in Test cricket scoring a ton in only 69 balls in the third Test against India. Warner claims that it’s from Chanderpaul he has learnt the art of batting through the day.

“I learned this off Chanderpaul when we were at Durham,” Warner was quoted as saying by ‘Herald Sun’

“He batted on the bowling machine for six hours. I said, ’This is ridiculous, how can you do this?’ And he said, ‘If you’re going to bat for six hours in a game you might as well practise it’”

At the rate he scored his 180 in Perth, batting for six hours would taken Warner past 300. From Matraville in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, Warner, 25, always had simple goals.

“When some people turn 18, they want to travel but I had no interest in that,” he said. “I just wanted to work and make it in cricket.”

Now his work is cricket, and he is travelling the world.

It’s all a far cry from the school kid packing supermarket shelves who was given a USD 10,000 contract as a rookie, then worked in a warehouse.

“I played a couple of one-dayers for NSW and was upgraded to a USD 30,000 contract, so I quit work to train full-time and I haven’t looked back since,” Warner said.

Indeed, his next Cricket Australia contract is likely to approach USD 1 million a year, given he is one of the very few on the 25-man list now playing all three forms of the game at international level.

Warner still cannot believe he has become a Test cricketer via the Twenty20 slogfest.

“It’s still weird to me,” he said recently. “I’ve done it back to front. Now I have to make the most of the games as they come along.”

Has there ever been a greater understatement after two remarkable centuries in his first five Tests. Despite Twenty20 cricket’s helter skelter nature, Warner believes it has made him a better player.

“If I’m building an innings it’s going to help me with shot selection and to be a lot more assertive as well,” he said.

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