Ball was in my area: Warner
Perth, Jan 15: Man-of-the-Match David Warner’s 180-run blitzkrieg was instrumental in Australia winning the third Test and with it the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. His quickfire innings entertained the WACA crowd and helped the hosts win the match by an innings and 37 runs. In the post-match media-interaction, the diminutive opener credited the Australian bowlers for wrapping up the visitors’ innings twice in no time.
On his exceptional innings
[...] I just look to play my natural game and that’s what I did. [There were a] few hits and misses but that’s cricket.
On whether he sees himself as an entertainer
I see myself as a batsman and I try and score runs.
On the importance of his innings considering what happened to the rest of the line-up
Obviously those 50 runs cost India. From the moment I got dropped till when I got out, we lost eight for 130 [runs], so that was disappointing. […] Our bowlers yesterday afternoon bowled a fantastic spell and finished up today just after lunch.
On whether scoring runs came naturally or was something he tried to do
Most of the fielders are behind you, behind the stumps, so any ball you get in your areas, you try to play with a straight bat. There will be an opportunity for you to play your shots [...].
On the partnership with Ed Cowan and the way they complement each other
It’s fantastic. You [have] got a role out there and it was fantastic to bring up a 50 and hundred together and 200 was a massive achievement for both of us. There’s a bit of talk about how I approach my game and how he approaches his and how we work. I think we found something out there and hopefully we keep continuing.
On whether he had already thought of getting to his century with a six
[...] The ball was in my area and that’s how I play my game. Hitting the six was fantastic.
On whether the match seemed too easy in the end with India not being able to cross the 200-mark
I don’t think any Test match is too easy. I would credit our bowlers [for the win]. Our bowlers are bowling fantastic. [We’re] keeping to the line outside the off-stump. We all like leaving the ball and [ ...] they are nicking [it] a lot and are hitting the ball a lot. If we can keep doing that in Adelaide, [then we] hope we could win the series 4-0.
On the good form of Australian cricket
Hope we can keep continuing the form that all of us are in. The bowlers are bowling fantastically well and we are giving ourselves the opportunity to go out and score freely as well. Credit to them and hopefully we can continue to do this in Adelaide.
On the celebrations
We won’t celebrate too much; we’ve got another Test match to go. We’ll look after ourselves this week and prepare well.