The Australia opener believes that playing on Sri Lanka’s extreme spin surfaces will be beneficial for the Australians in their next test matches.
David Warner, the opening batsman for Australia, claimed that the “extreme” spinning surfaces in Sri Lanka, where they lost a one-day international series, gave them the best practise for their upcoming test matches.
To take a commanding 3-1 lead in the five-match series, the hosts defeated Australia by four runs in the fourth one-day international on Tuesday in Colombo.
On a track that had been used for Sunday’s third match, Sri Lanka entered the game with four frontline spinners but no specialized seam bowler. The spin was “a bit more dramatic,” according to Warner, who fell on 99 during Australia’s pursuit, but it was nothing the touring team had not anticipated or was unprepared for.
He told reporters, “These wickets are difficult”. Turning wickets is exactly what we were expecting, and it’s great practice for us. They are playing on the wickets back-to-back, which is exactly what we want. We can’t get that practice in the nets because they are green.
For us, with those dustbowls out there in the center, it’s wonderful practice. The test matches in Galle will be intriguing because we already know what to expect there. Before the two teams begin their two-test series the following week, the final 50-over game will be contested on Friday. For hitters of touring teams used to playing on harder, springier surfaces, spin-friendly pitches in the subcontinent present a significant challenge.