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Cricket World Cup: David Warner will be back to ‘dangerous best’

David Warner

ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, Australia v Pakistan
Venue: Taunton Date: Wednesday, 12 June Time: 10:30 BST
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, text commentary and in-play clips on the BBC Sport website and app

Australia captain Aaron Finch says opener David Warner will return to his “dangerous best” after criticism of his batting at the World Cup.

Warner, 32, is averaging 74 after three games, but his two fifties – off 74 and 77 deliveries – are the slowest of his one-day international career.

He finished with 56 off 84 balls in Australia’s laboured run-chase as they lost by 32 runs to India on Sunday.

Australia play Pakistan at Taunton on Wednesday.

Finch said Warner, who returned to Australia duty for the World Cup after serving a 12-month ban for ball-tampering, may need “a little mindset change”.

“I know he’s been working a bit with JL (coach Justin Langer) and Punter (assistant coach Ricky Ponting) to just make sure he’s in the right mind frame, but he’s playing nicely,” said opening partner Finch.

“Every evidence suggests he’ll be back to his dangerous best.”

Warner was named man of the match after making 89 not out from 114 balls in Australia’s opening win over Afghanistan.

Against India, he faced 48 dot balls in Australia’s pursuit of 353, with a strike-rate of 66.66 compared to 95.47 in his ODI career.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan compared Australia approach to cricket from “25 years” ago.

Finch said is was “not a team plan” for Warner to play more conservatively.

“The last game in particular, India bowled really well to him at the start and he hit the field a lot,” Finch said.

“Remember, he was out of the game for 14 months.

“At the international level, regardless of how good a player you are, it’s just going to take a little bit of time, especially as an opening batter, to find your feet.”

Stoinis out of Pakistan match

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All-rounder Marcus Stoinis will miss the Pakistan game because of a side strain suffered while bowling against India.

Mitchell Marsh, part of Australia’s 2015 World Cup winning squad, will fly to England as cover but Australia will wait before deciding whether to replace Stoinis in the squad.

“I am not exactly sure how many games he’ll miss. It’s still being assessed,” Finch said.

Stoinis, who has played in all three Australia matches, has scored 19 runs in two innings and taken four wickets at 29.25 apiece.

The absence of Stoinis – the only all-rounder in Australia’s squad – means they will have to play an extra batsman in Shaun Marsh against Pakistan, or move wicketkeeper Alex Carey up the order and play an extra bowler.

Mitchell Marsh, 27, has scored 1,428 runs at an average of 35.70 and taken 44 wickets at 35.54 in 53 ODIs, the most recent of which was in January 2018.

He was due to travel to England later this week for an Australia A tour.

If an injured player is replaced in the squad, he cannot play again in the World Cup.

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