With India series out of grasp, David Warner looks at positives ahead of upcoming Ashes tour
Bengaluru: The ODI series is out of their grasp, but Australia vice-captain David Warner on Wednesday said his side will not give up on trying to force a turnaround against India and make a statement before the upcoming Ashes.
The reigning world champions lost the opening three ODIs against the hosts to surrender the five-match series.
However, the Steve Smith-led side is looking at the last two ODIs and subsequent three T20 Internationals to make an impression before the Ashes, starting November 23 in Brisbane.
"It is disappointing to lose the series already because we play for our country and that is what we enjoy doing and love doing. There is a lot of pride at stake," Warner said at the pre-match press conference of the fourth ODI here tomorrow.
"Obviously we have got three T20s as well after this.
(And) we are looking at it. We have got to make the most from the remaining ODIs and T20 games and make a turnaround before going into the next series or tournament (Ashes)," he added.
Talking about the already lost series, Warner said the visitors found it difficult to cope up with the conditions in India this time around.
"On a personal front, it is my first ODI series in India.
So coming here for the first time to play in ODIs with two new white balls would be different. The first two games were different," he said.
"In Kolkata, the ball was swinging around. It is probably the toughest conditions I have faced from the white ball point of view. It swung a lot more than what it did in England.
"You adopt your game according to conditions. The last game was probably a game played in the traditional way. There the ball did not swing as much. The wicket was nice to bat on and I made most of it by getting in. So, that probably is a thing for me to reflect," Warner said.
Warner will be playing his 100th ODI on Thursday, a milestone which his skipper Steve Smith achieved during the second ODI of the ongoing series in Kolkata earlier
"It is a significant milestone for my family and myself.
I am extremely proud of where I am today. Coming from playing T20 in MCG in front of 90,000 people and a couple of games later to represent Australia in the ODI format. I never thought it will come so fast, but I learnt a lot in the early stages of my career," he said.
"To be an established player at the moment is a proud feeling for me. Also, I have got a great bunch of teammates around me. Obviously Smithy (Smith) brought up his 100th game recently as well.
"We have come a long way from where we were in juniors.
Not being picked, dropped etc. There has been a great friendship between us and playing the 100th ODI together means much for us," Warner said.
An explosive batsman up the order, Warner is best-known for his hard-hitting abilities, especially in T20s. But the diminutive opener says playing Test cricket has allowed him to hone his skills in the 50-over format.
"I am used to come out and start tonking from ball one like in T20 cricket. I sort of adapted that approach, but Test match cricket actually allowed me to play the game properly and show myself that there is lot more time in 50 overs cricket than 20 overs cricket," he said.
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