Warner expects Australia to bounce back
David Warner is confident Australia have what it takes to bounce back at the Kia Oval after losing the opening match of the NatWest Series.
The tourists were beaten by 15 runs at Lord's, where half-centuries from Warner and skipper Michael Clarke proved insufficient after England had posted 272 for five upon losing the toss.
Defeat tomorrow would leave Australia 2-0 down with three to play, but Warner retained a positive outlook when addressing the media this afternoon.
Reflecting on his team's unsuccessful run-chase, which saw them finish on 257 for nine, the opener said: "We know that if we had a batter set, one of the top four in there at the end, we could have quite comfortably won that with probably five overs to spare.
"You saw how close we got. We weren't outplayed at all, we just lost our wickets in clumps in the powerplay and that cost us. I reckon we're in good stead for the next four games."
Although he did more than most to boost Australia's hopes of victory yesterday with an attractive innings of 56, Warner expressed regret at the shot that led to him being caught behind off James Anderson.
"You are never in, that's the thing when you're over here," he explained.
"I was a little bit lazy, if I go back there again I would use my feet a little bit more and try to work it into the gap for a single, but that's cricket. It's laziness, that's all it comes down to. I've got to learn from that.
"It was a crucial part of the game where two new batters came to the crease and we know the person who is in has got to dictate terms and stay there. One of the top four batters has to go on because you need that hitting power at the end."
Warner, who clearly possesses the cricketing brains to match his brawn, offered an interesting insight into his battle with England off-spinner Graeme Swann.
The New South Welshman had stated a desire to switch-hit Swann prior to the series and explained why he opted not to use the stroke yesterday.
"It's part of the game where I've got to think if it's the right time to play it," he said.
"I had to knuckle down and get through that period. We knew if we could chase seven or eight an over in the last 10 we would have set ourselves up perfectly, so I didn't want to take any risks.
"I know he's a danger man against me in that middle period because he's turning the ball away and his job is to dot us up. With the other guys there I'm backing myself to take them down more than I'm trying to take Graeme down.
"If you look at his field, he had one person behind point and then his sweeper was in front of the wicket, so that allows me to play the reverse sweep or to try and switch-hit; that's what he wants me to do.
"But he's bowling into my pads where if I'm playing it that's going to be a risky shot, or if I sweep it's going to be risky, so I've got to try and work down the ground and in those gaps."
Warner was happy to recognise the match-winning contribution of England's own innovative left-hander Eoin Morgan, whose unbeaten 89 proved crucial yesterday.
There was also praise for Morgan's Middlesex team-mate Steven Finn, the pick of the hosts' attack.
"I know Morgs well and I know that's how he plays. He played fantastic," said Warner.
"We know he likes to cut a lot and he's very good at the pull shot, and we know when he's set he can really clear the boundaries over midwicket. That's exactly what he did yesterday.
"I think our lengths to him at the end were a bit mix and match; we didn't really execute our plans. We probably bowled too full to him and he batted well, summed up the conditions well and knew he had to be there at the end."
Asked to comment on England's attack, he added: "I only faced a couple of overs from Steven Finn but I thought he was their best bowler by far. His pace and his line and lengths were fantastic."