Warner confident of getting form back
DAVID Warner says he can break his Indian run-drought in the final Test and set up history-making victory for Australia in Dharamsala.
The dynamic vice-captain went nearly 12 months last year without a century before slamming back-to-back hundreds in Melbourne and Sydney to clinch his second consecutive Allan Border Medal.
Now Warner is drawing on the same reserves to turn around a return in India that in seven Test matches is yet to deliver the knock-out innings he is famous for.
Australia were due to hold their medical recovery session on Tuesday afternoon in Delhi, but early indications suggest pace ace Pat Cummins and his bowling allies have pulled up okay from their exhausting 210-over slog in Ranchi ahead of a fourth Test that at high altitude could suit the seamers.
"That's what we train for," said Warner.
"The guys have the miles in the legs."
In 2013 Warner made two half centuries and on this tour he made a strong start in Pune, but when the Border Gavaskar Trophy goes on the line on Saturday at the foot of the Himalayas, the most damaging opener in the world has declared he can climb his Everest.
"I'd like to think so. For the team's sake we need to get off to a good start," said Warner.
"I feel fantastic. I couldn't be hitting the ball any better, but it's just that the runs aren't coming for me at the moment.
"That will come, it will turn around.
"As a partnership, me and Renners (Matt Renshaw) have been getting off to an okay start.
"None for 50 over here, you need those to be none for 100.
"We've seen the Indians do it before, batting big and producing partnerships of 200.
"You've really got to contribute in a way that everyone else does.
"For me personally, I've got to come out and keep playing the way that I know best and try and put the numbers on the board."
Warner admits he started to doubt himself in 2016 when he went almost an entire calendar year without scoring a ton.
It's that experience - plus a century in turning conditions in the UAE in 2014 - that is keeping Warner confident he can tame Indian spin masters Ravi Jadeja and Ravi Ashwin in Dharamsala.
"I just have to keep being disciplined and making sure that my preparation is still the same," he said.
"I don't have to change anything, and just go about my business as I do.
"In the back of your mind you've got to keep telling yourself you've done the hard yards, you don't just lose it overnight.
"There were tough periods (last year) where I kept on thinking to myself, 'am I actually doing the work at training?'
"You always question yourself if you're doing the right things and are you preparing as well as you can.
"I sort of second guessed myself. I had a couple of words to some boys around Christmas time and they weren't seeing any trends or anything with my dismissals, everything I was doing at training was spot on.
"Nothing's changed, it's still the same. I've just got to go out and keep backing myself and when I'm out there adapt to the conditions and then keep backing myself to try and keep putting the runs on the board."