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'Openers haven't shown intent but I'll live & die by the sword'

Australia and India openers have not shown the intent, urgency and bravery to put opposition bowlers under pressure, David Warner said on Saturday while adding that he will bat aggressively if he gets to play the third Test in Sydney beginning January 7.

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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  3 Jan 2021 10:59 AM GMT

MELBOURNE: Australia and India openers have not shown the intent, urgency and bravery to put opposition bowlers under pressure, David Warner said on Saturday while adding that he will bat aggressively if he gets to play the third Test in Sydney beginning January 7.

"If you allow them to dictate terms and if you don't apply any pressure, then it becomes difficult to score. In the last two Tests, from both teams there has been lack of urgency at the top in trying to take it to the bowlers a little and having that intent," said Warner while speaking to the media on Saturday.

Australia in particular, without Warner opening, have been very slow to get off the blocks in the two Tests. The first innings of the first Test saw both Matthew Wade and Joe Burns add 16 runs in 14 overs while in the second Test, both Burns and Wade added 10 in just over four overs in first innings and four in three overs in the second innings.

The slow start has let the pressure build on middle-order batsmen, especially in the case of Aussies, on Steve Smith as well as No. 3 Marnus Labuschagne as they have mostly walked in with very few runs on the board.

India too have struggled to get good starts especially with Mayank Agarwal going into a shell and getting dismissed for little scores after doing the hard work while facing the new ball. India's highest partnership for the first wicket has been 16.

"It is loud calling (for runs), it is the way your shoulders are back here, you are sort of in the bowlers' face you are trying to upset their line and length… whether to drive on the up, to allow the ball to come, to drop and run, apply that pressure. I think there is a little bit of that, that was missing. It is not just from our side but from both sides, which is why I say in Test cricket you can't allow great attacks to dictate terms," said Warner while explaining what he meant by intent.

"It has its challenges, sometimes you have to play outside the square and be a little bit brave and I have always said that I'd rather go down swinging than sitting on the crease. I think if I am able to get up and get out there, I will have that intent as I always have. Applying a little bit of pressure can release a bit of tension and help your partner. That is the pressure you need to apply back," said the 34-year-old opening batsman who missed the first two Tests due to groin injury and is uncertain ahead of the third Test. IANS

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