We need a few more runs: Warner

We need a few more runs: Warner

David Warner indicated that Australia will think hard before taking a decision on their declaration after India nearly snatched a victory in Adelaide where the hosts set a target of 364 for India on the final day of the first Test.

At close of fourth day's play of the third Test, Australia had established a 326-run lead.

 “We saw in the Adelaide Test how well they fought and luckily we got the breakthrough because it could have been a different story,” Warner said referring to Kohli’s wicket at the Adelaide Oval. “They would have gone one-nil up. We know what their batting line up is like: Kohli and Rahane put on a great partnership. They had their luck but they went on with it and got big scores.

“That is in the back of our mind. We know the positive brand of cricket they are playing now and we have got to come out with the ball and either dry it up or take those ten wickets ... I think we need a few more runs than what we have got on the board at the moment,” he explained.

 Warner struck a 42-ball-40 in his 57-run opening stand with Chris Rogers and he felt the pitch was still good to bat. “It's still a very good batting wicket,” he pointed out. “There’s not much sideways movement with the new ball but when the ball gets older and a bit softer there's a bit of reverse swing and I think that is going to be the key when we take the field, to try to get that ball going a bit, dry up the runs and get ten opportunities.

 “Obviously the new ball is crucial and we've got to make the most of it. Extra zip with the new ball, I don't think there's going to be sideways movement at all. Depending on the weather there might be a bit of swing but I don't think that is likely,” he offered.

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