Daredevil David Warner honing his spin skills

Apr 09, 2012, 17:10 IST | A Correspondent

Delhi Daredevils' David Warner wants to be an all-rounder. Having taken his first international wicket, he's now working hard on his leggies

It may be a while till Delhi Daredevils can unleash their lethal weapon David Warner on the opposition. But when the time comes they will be getting a lot more for their bucks, for the stylish opener has revealed that he is working hard on his leg-spin bowling.

Warner, who took his first international wicket as a leg-spinner against the West Indies on Saturday in the Barbabos Test and his second in first-class cricket, is feeling enthusiastic about his ability. He got a second scalp on Sunday when he dismissed the other Edwards in the squad: Fidel.

The explosive batsman believes the conditions in the Caribbean suit slower bowlers and therefore, having an extra spin option is always beneficial for the team.

Note to Daredevils opponents: If he can turn the ball in the Caribbean, then imagine what he would be able to do out on the slow Indian tracks.  

David Warner
When David Warner claimed Kirk Edwards' wicket it was the 1st international wicket of his career. Pic/AFP

"It adds a string to the team as well. If we play two spinners you have an extra spinner there and obviously Michael [Clarke] bowls as well. It's an advantage to the team in these conditions and I'm going to be practicing a lot more in the nets," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Clarke, as saying.

This practice will surely come in handy when he turns up for the Daredevils. IPL franchise must take note that Warner has modeled his action on that of former champion Shane Warne. And he is going to ask the legendary leggie for advice as well.

"Everything that he's done and everything that I've tried to look at, how he gets his wickets, how he goes about shuffling the batsman across the crease, that's how a bowler would think," Warner, one of the finest fielders in the Delhi squad, said. "But just to get the opportunity to bowl and just to turn a normal leg spinner is amazing," he added.

"It got to me pretty fast and he hit it pretty hard. Lucky I put my hands out. Ian (Gould), the umpire, said to me that if I didn't catch it, it would have hit him because he didn't see it,” Fox Sports quoted Warner as saying. He was referring to his first Test wicket.

Warner would have become the 15th bowler in history and only the third Australian behind Arthur Coningham (1894) and teammate Nathan Lyon (2011) to claim a wicket with his first ball in Test cricket had James Pattinson not dropped a catch.

So, the other franchises better beware. If Warner doesn’t destroy you with the bat, he will get you with the ball. 

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