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Warner tells Smith to stop delays

Wanderer ... Graeme Smith.

Wanderer ... Graeme Smith. Photo: Getty Images

DAVID WARNER says South Africa's captain Graeme Smith is needlessly wasting time by repeatedly rearing away from his crease because of concerns with the sightscreen.

The Proteas' opening batsman frustrated Australia during the first Test in Brisbane, stopping bowlers in their tracks with vision complaints. On the final day on Tuesday, he was the recipient of a verbal barrage - and then a send-off - from fired-up quick James Pattinson when he pulled away at the last second because a bird flew in front of his line of sight.

Warner, a fellow opener, said he could not understand why Smith continually held up the game.

''I wish he would stop,'' he said on Thursday, launching the Australia Day Twenty20 international at Sydney's ANZ Stadium. ''I don't think you saw any of our players stop once because of guys walking behind the sightscreen. I don't know how you can be that distracted or what they're looking at or what they're seeing.

''They've got to try and take those little distractions out of their mind because that could be something that's detracting from their game and preventing them from staying out there for longer periods.''

Australia were able to keep Smith's impact to a minimum in the drawn first Test, restricting him to scores of 10 and 23, with Pattinson being behind his removal on both occasions. The left-hander's time wasting, however, irked the hosts.

''I'm only saying it's too much because the activity behind the sightscreen; if the guy's in the fourth tier at the MCG and you see someone move, you're looking way too much,'' Warner said.

''The other day, A.B. de Villiers played a ball when the sightscreen was still on the advertising board, so if he's just concentrating on the specifics of the bowler then that's fantastic. But if someone is moving away because a guy is peeking his head behind the sightscreen … if you're picking those little things up, I think you're not watching the bowler hard enough.''

Warner suspects Smith and others use the approach, holding up play citing sightscreen intrusion, as a tactic to give themselves more time, particularly against bowlers who race through overs like swing exponent Ben Hilfenhaus.

''You look at someone like Hilfy who bowls his overs faster than a spinner. A lot of the batsmen don't like to be rushed,'' he said. ''Jonathan Trott from England … they're the type of guys who like to look at the bowler, do their little routine and then face up.

''Everyone's got their little thing and guys get a little bit edgy. That's where people lose it a little bit.''

Meanwhile, Warner said he can learn from opening partner Ed Cowan in choosing the balls he hits and leaves. ''I have to start respecting my wicket a little bit more and being a bit more consistent, '' he said.

14 comments so far

  • Dave Warner wastes no time getting out.

    Commenter
    bzzz
    Location
    syd
    Date and time
    November 16, 2012, 11:12AM
    • Im a fan of Warners batting style in general and makes for good viewing when he is hot, however I think when Watson is back and fit and one more low score from Warner then it wont matter what he says about wasting time etc at the test level.

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      chrisk
      Location
      The Gap
      Date and time
      November 16, 2012, 2:33PM
    • i have no idea why people are trying to consistently change the rules or complain about a game that has been played for centuries, the only reason people care these days because they trying to turn a profit from the game, i remember back in the days test matches were played till they were finished and players had second jobs and had to ask there bosses for leave to play for there country...as well i remember the day making the aussie team got you a nice green cap every child admired now if you make the team you got a solid pay check for 12 month regardless of preformance and you just encouraging madonna in the sport!

      Commenter
      benny
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      November 16, 2012, 2:34PM
  • This wouldn't be quite so laughable if the missing link and his mates weren't doing there damndest to distract batsmen by gobbing off at them between every ball.

    Commenter
    Yellowbelly
    Date and time
    November 16, 2012, 11:40AM
    • If your team was in a spot of bother I'm sure that you and/or others in your side would use whatever tactics you could to change the game. It is a bit rich when an Australian batter complains about the other side's tactics. I think Mr. Warner should worry more about his place in the side than give his time to criticise players like Smith who is afar better player than Warner will ever be. Look over your shoulder mate, there are a number of elegant players out there who have their eyes on your spot. Not Tonkas like yourself but elegant, complete players.

      Commenter
      Lex
      Date and time
      November 16, 2012, 11:41AM
      • You are so cruel !

        Commenter
        gary
        Date and time
        November 16, 2012, 1:50PM
    • "Preventing them staying out there for long periods". Haha. Warner would do well to focus on his own game, and to try and avoid the distractions that he seems to be making for himself. Maybe even take a leaf out of Smith's book. I think a man with 25 test centuries and an average of 50 has largely proven his ability to stay in the middle for long periods. As compared to Warner's 39 over a handful of tests. He needs runs with quite a few guys in the domestic comp knocking on the door.

      Commenter
      Curtley
      Date and time
      November 16, 2012, 11:43AM
      • restricting him to scores of 10 and 23, i would suggest let him delay.. clearly it is making him nervous.

        Commenter
        Opel again
        Date and time
        November 16, 2012, 12:17PM
        • Instead of having a go at the captain of South Africa, David Warner needs to shut his mouth and make some runs. There is nothing more embarrassing as a supporter to see the young brigade act like complete idiots towards a well decorated captain of an opposing team. First it was Pattinson and his outburst when Smith stepped away, understandably, when a bird flew across the pitch, and now this. The both need to grow up, show some respect for the opposition and their elders and get on with the job that they are being pain to do, and in your case David, it's making runs.

          Commenter
          Chez79
          Location
          Sydney
          Date and time
          November 16, 2012, 12:19PM
          • I agree that Dave Warner should concentrate on his batting. Before the last test, if you take off the two good (century) innings he has played, his batting average is 18. It's probably a bit less now! How the selectors and pick him as an opener is beyond me. Less analysis of the opposition Dave, and more of your own performance.

            Commenter
            AndyS
            Location
            Central Coast
            Date and time
            November 16, 2012, 1:31PM

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