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Warner says England attack 'gettable'

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Jun 30, 2012 at 09:37pm IST

London: Australia opener David Warner has urged his fellow batsmen to pile the pressure on England's "gettable" attack in the remainder of the arch-rivals' one-day international series.

England - who will replace Australia at the top of the 50-over rankings if they complete a 5-0 clean sweep in the series - drew first blood with a 15-run win at Lord's on Friday as the tourists, despite fifties from Warner and captain Michael Clarke, fell short.

But Warner is confident Australia, who finished on 257 for 9 in reply to England's 272 for five, can draw level when the series continues across London at The Oval on Sunday, so long as one of their leading batsmen presses on to a truly big score.

Warner says England attack 'gettable'

The Aussie opener urged his fellow batsmen to pile the pressure on England's "gettable" attack in the ODI series.

"We know yesterday [Friday] that - if we had a batter set, one of the top four in there at the end - we could have quite comfortably won that with, I reckon, probably five overs to spare," Warner said on Saturday.

"We know we've got to be critical on that tomorrow [Sunday] and hope not to lose too many wickets in the powerplay and up front," the left-hander added.

The hard-hitting 25-year-old New South Wales batsman was impressed by the initial work of an England attack featuring the seam quartet of James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn and Tim Bresnan, as well as off-spinner Graeme Swann.

"They are world-class bowlers," he said. "Their four pace bowlers are fantastic, and they bowl that line where it is hard to rotate strike and get boundaries." However, he added: "At the end there, I think their bowlers are pretty gettable. They didn't execute their skills enough with the 'death' bowling. I know that we lost nine wickets there; if we had a batter in, I think we could have definitely taken them down."

Meanwhile Warner said he, as much as the bowler, was responsible for his caught behind dismissal off Anderson at Lord's. "I was a little bit lazy; if I go back there again, I would use my feet a little bit more and try to work it into the gap for a single."

Warner added Finn, who plays at Lord's for Middlesex, was the pick of England's attack on Friday. And in an era where England now openly rotate their bowlers, he seemed to suggest Anderson and Broad, both rested from the recent rain-affected drawn third Test against the West Indies, could do with another break.

"I only faced a couple of overs from Steven Finn but I thought he was their best bowler by far," Warner said. "His pace, his line and lengths were fantastic. When I was out, he started swinging the ball away from the right-handers. He was the best by far.

"With his pace and his accuracy to hit those right lines, he's fantastic for them - and yesterday [Friday] I felt Anderson and Broad were a little bit tired. We know what those two are like - they really hit the crease - and yesterday [Friday] I felt they weren't really hitting the bat as hard as they normally would," he explained. "But obviously, they've played a lot of cricket."

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