It was frustrating, I think I broke three or four remote controls: Ricky Ponting
27 Apr 2022
David Warner packed 99 runs against Sri Lanka at Colombo in the fourth ODI of the ongoing five-match series. However, his concentrated batting efforts were in vain as Australia fell four runs short of their target.
Sri Lanka's narrow win marked their third successive victory in the series, thus clinching the 5-match series with a game to spare.
Warner claims ODIs 'fantastic preparations' for Tests
The star opening batter believes that playing at the pitches used for ODIs will be helpful for the visitors ahead of the Test series. After the narrow defeat against the island nation, Warner claims they have had time to adjust to the dustbowl pitches and are prepared to tackle the Lankan spinners in Tests.
The 35-year-old said: "We're always expecting turning wickets and its fantastic preparation for us... It's great practice leading into the Test series."
"We actually love that they're playing on the wickets back-to-back, that's what we want, we can't get that practice in the nets, the nets are green. For us it's great practice out in the middle with these dustbowls. It's going to be exciting for the Test matches in Galle because we know what we're going to get there," said Warner.
The Australian batters faced 43 overs of spin in the fourth match against Sri Lanka, a record in ODI cricket. Previously, Zimbabwe spinners had bowled 42 overs against West Indies in 2010.
The aforementioned figures highlight the challenge ahead of Australia as they seek redemption in the Test series against Sri Lanka following the thrashing in the ODIs.
The two Test matches will be played at the Galle International Stadium between June 29 and July 12. The series, titled Warne–Muralitharan Trophy, will be a part of the ongoing ICC World Test Championship.