Workload affecting Warner - Waugh

10 February 2018 00:14:09 GMTPlus11

David Warner's lean streak with the bat may be a result of his workload, according to Australia selector Mark Waugh.

Warner is captaining Australia in the tri-series against England and New Zealand, adding a layer of responsibility he may not have needed at the moment.

He's the only Test squad member who's been included for the T20 tournament and is the only one who had captaincy experience, so he is captain by default.

That might not be helping him at a time when he's finding runs hard to come by, admits Waugh.

"He has had a run of outs. And it's impossible when you're playing this much cricket across three formats to keep up a very high level," he added.

"I think all players may go through a little period (of fatigue) here and there. With the bat, I suppose if you're getting a run of outs it's hard to look too enthusiastic, isn't it, when you're out cheaply.”

Warner has played 58 of Australia's 63 games across all three formats since the 2016 Sri Lankan tour.

He averaged 63 in Australia's Ashes triumph, then just 14.60 in the ODI series against England.
The left-hander has made scores of six and four in the T20 series so far.

Waugh said of him: "I think he'll be fine. Every time he puts on a yellow or green cap he's ready to go, that's the main thing.”

Warner averages 26.65 from his 67 T20 internationals, compared to 43.33 in ODIs and 48.77 in Test cricket.

He has taken over the captaincy for the tri-series as Steve Smith and his squad are preparing for their four-Test series in South Africa.

Australia are 1.50 to win their tri-series clash with England, who are 2.62.

David Warner is 4.00 to be Australia's top batsman.

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