Australia opener David Warner Said that the “extreme” spinning pitches during the One Day International series loss in Sri Lanka provided him with ideal preparation for his upcoming Test matches.
The hosts took an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series after beating Australia by four runs in the fourth ODI in Colombo on Tuesday.
Sri Lanka went into the match with four frontline spinners and there was no specialist seam bowler on the wicket used during Sunday’s third match. Warner, who fell to 99 during Australia’s chase, said the spin was “a bit too extreme” but nothing the touring side had not expected or prepared for.
“These wickets are challenging,” he told reporters. “We were always expecting a turning wicket and it is a great preparation for us. We absolutely love the fact that they are playing on back-to-back wickets, that’s what we want, we can’t get that practice in the nets – the nets are green.
“It’s great practice for us in the middle with these dustbins. It’s going to be exciting in the Test matches in Galle because we know what we’re going to get there. The last 50 overs match will be played on Friday , before both sides begin a two-Test series from next week. Spin-friendly pitches in the subcontinent are a big test for batsmen from touring teams, who have grown up playing on hard, bouncy surfaces.
“It’s extreme spin, you don’t usually see these kinds of wickets, you only see them here,” said the 35-year-old Warner, who plays regularly during the Indian Premier League. “India are completely different, they are really good wickets and they turn on the third and fourth day. It’s about being busy – I remember playing in Dhaka, it was one of the worst wickets I’ve played, and I scored a century.”