Chappell advises Warner to stick to aggressive ways in Test cricket
Former Australia captain Ian Chappell has expressed hope that David Warner hasn't fallen victim to a form of paralysis by analysis because people might be trying to get into his head, urging him to tighten his game up, and he also advised the swaggering opener to stick to his aggressive batting style.
Chappell suggested Warner might have reached a stage where he needed some reassurance from those in charge of the team that he was free to play his natural see the ball and smash the ball game.
"I'm more worried about what they're expecting of him," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Chappell, as replying when asked if Warner was suffering from being scrutinised by opposing sides.
"Some of the things I've read, some of his quotes, I'm just a bit worried that he's starting to think he has to tighten up. I hope they don't get into his head too much. Those sort of players are, 'Don't overthink it, just see the ball, hit the ball,' and that's about it," he added.
Chappell said Warner proved in the Test against New Zealand in Hobart last year, when he carried his bat, that he had the patience, discipline and ability to pull his head in to score a century under pressure.
Chappell, whose latest book Chappelli - Life, Larrikins and Cricket was launched this week, said Warner's explosiveness was what made him unique in world cricket.
"He'll see a ball and think, 'I can hit this for four,' and [occasionally] he'll nick it, but that's life; he's got that [in his game] and it's there. But, you can tell he's a competitor, you only need to watch him fielding to see that," Chappell said.