Ponting backs Warner to win lots of Tests for Australia

Last Updated: Wed, Nov 21, 2012 08:52 hrs

Veteran Ricky Ponting has backed under pressure Australia opener David Warner to retain his form and win lots of Test matches for them with his aggressive batting style in coming years.

Warner scored two contrasting centuries in his first five Tests, the first with his head down in a valiant but unsuccessful effort to save a match against New Zealand in Hobart, and the other a blistering 180 against India in Perth last December.

However, in the eight innings since, he has averaged 25.87, with one half-century.

Ponting still believes Warner has the temperament for Test cricket, and drew a comparison with another swashbuckling left-hander, Adam Gilchrist.

"There's always going to be those questions asked about Dave because of the way he plays," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Ponting, as saying.

"No one thought Gilly would have the temperament to survive and make as many hundreds as he did in Test cricket, but he found a way and he did it," he added.

"Sure, it's a bit different for Dave because he's an opening batsman, but the bottom line is he's not playing any more short-form games than the majority of our players. What he has to be able to do, though, is adapt himself very quickly from the changeover of formats, and find a way to be a very consistent run-scorer at the top of the order," he said.

Ponting added: "It's not an easy thing to do. One thing I know is if he's playing well and hitting the ball off the middle of the bat, he'll set up a lot of Test wins for Australia."

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