MUMBAI: He burst into laughter, and had the press conference room in splits, as soon as the question was thrown at him.
Does David Warner see himself opening the innings with captain
in the 2023 ODI World Cup in India?
“I think we’ll speak to our wives first! We’ll both be 36 or 37, I’ve got three kids – I hope that’s the last one – and in that three years you’ve got form, wives, family. Take one step at a time,” he giggled.
The way this pair is tearing attacks to shreds, the question seems perfectly valid. Australia have had prolific opening ODI partnerships in the past, but the Warner-Finch combine offers something else. On Tuesday night at the Wankhede, the deadly combo smashed centuries each as they added 258 in just 37.4 overs to annihilate India by 10 wickets.
The Warner-Finch duo was one of the most dangerous and consistent opening pairs at the ODI World Cup in England last year. The ‘Mumbai special’ bettered their own 231-run record which came at Bangalore in 2017, to become the highest-ever opening stand by an Aussie pair against India.
“We complement each other on the field but we’re great mates off the field. I think we know each other’s games so well and personalities that now we can have honest conversations out there. If we’re playing shots that we wouldn’t, we reassure each other about that.
“It’s just great to go out there and play the way that we do. When he’s going, I know what my role is, and when I’m going, he knows what his role is. We communicate that straight away. It’s great and I absolutely love it, and he loves it. Hopefully, we can keep looking forward to that next World Cup,” said Warner.
To how long the Finch-Warner pair would last – both are 33 – Warner asserted that the Aussies believe in living in the present. “We’ll look to the next game in Rajkot. We actually spoke about this in the team meeting – not looking too far ahead. We’ve got a great bunch of guys here that, potentially with our senior players, can make that World Cup,” he said.
“I’d love to be there. But there’s a long road ahead. You’ve obviously (got to) win games, perform as much as we can. But if I’m here, I’m very fortunate that I’ve got a good wife,” he said tongue-in-cheek!