Australian cricketer David Warner during a net session.
Australian cricketer David Warner during a net session. Eranga Jayawardena

Warner shifts attention to longer forms of game

CRICKET: David Warner says his focus now must turn to red- and pink-ball cricket after Australia's humiliating 5-0 one-day international series loss in South Africa.

Warner's form was one of few positives from the record series defeat to the Proteas but said he must look forward to the Test series coming up at home against Pakistan and South Africa.

The opener hit 173 as Australia lost by 31 runs in the final game of the series in Cape Town.

It was the first time Australia had lost five matches in a bilateral ODI series.

His haul of 1089 runs in ODIs this year included five centuries, matching a record held by Ricky Ponting (twice) and Matthew Hayden for most hundreds in ODIs by an Australian in one year.

His total of 386 runs in this series beat Geoff Marsh's record of 349 runs set in 1991 for most runs in a five-match bilateral series for an Aussie.

"I've just got to keep on riding that roller-coaster,” Warner said.

"When you're in form, you've got to keep riding it ... there's a lot of bad days in this game but you've got to think positive, that a big one's around the corner.”

Warner said it was now a case of just knuckling down, especially after his struggles in Sri Lanka, where he only once scored more than 20 in the five-match ODI series.

"It's always handy being in form but we went through a bad patch in Sri Lanka,” he said.

"It was quite challenging there in those conditions. We were playing on nice wickets here which are very similar to home but you have to keep starting from ball one every time you put on those international colours.

"It's about going back home and concentrating on what we have to do and for some of us it's white-ball cricket and some of us it's red ball/pink ball.

"We've just go to focus on that and what our jobs are at hand there.”

Meanwhile, Australian cricket's chairman of selectors, Rod Marsh, has decided to quit his post at the end of his contract next June.

Marsh will end a three-year tenure in the post and a decision has not been made on his replacement.

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