Australia quick to reveal intentions
David Warner has warned England to expect the full force of Australia's pace battery during the remaining limited-overs matches.
The tourists boast arguably the quickest bowling attack in world cricket with the returning Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson and Dirk Nannes each operating above the 90mph mark.
Lee and Johnson were only able to get seven balls at England's top order in yesterday's abandoned first NatWest Twenty20 international at Old Trafford, but their menace was already apparent as they claimed a wicket apiece.
Veteran Lee looked in fine fettle after being restored to fitness following the side strain that scuppered his Ashes hopes, clocking 88.9mph with his first delivery.
Two balls later a well-aimed bouncer accounted for debutant Joe Denly, who was hurried into a miscued hook, before a rearing Johnson delivery found Ravi Bopara's outside edge.
“We'll be targeting them from short of a length as we saw yesterday, so there are positives to take from that,” said opening batsman Warner. “Binga (Lee) and Mitch are bowling quick and England can expect more of that.”
It is perhaps an unusual tactic given the general perception in Twenty20 cricket is that taking pace off the ball has proved hugely effective.
Pakistan and Sri Lanka's success at the World Twenty20 tournament was built around their slow bowlers, but Warner believes there is still a role for the quick men.
“I don't think many teams have got it down pat,” he added. “The Sri Lankans are real good at it - they use Murali and Mendis and they've got Malinga as well. Your variations are going to be important, including the short ball.”
Warner admitted he had struggled against the England seamers in his 26-ball 33 at the top of the order, but after making a duck in his tour opener against Scotland he was happy to get amongst the runs.
“It was just good to get time in the middle,” he said. “I've come off three failures in a row and it’s good to get out there. It was difficult I must admit and hopefully tomorrow I can get out there and get a few more runs.”
Warner made a scintillating start to his Australia career when he smashed 89 from 64 balls on his Twenty20 debut against South Africa in Melbourne. He was promptly elevated to the one-day side as well, but lost his place after averaging just 15 in seven ODIs.
With Twenty20 internationals few and far between, Warner knows tomorrow's match will be important if he is to impress and work his way back into the 50-over set-up.
“I've got this next game tomorrow and if I can put some numbers together then there's the Champions League followed by an Indian tour over there,” he said.
“If I can get some good totals and keep pressing claims I can make sure my name is up there in the list if any injuries come along. If I keep scoring runs things might happen for me.”