Clarke happy with Warner's 'moment of madness' as long he delivers big tons
Australia captain Michael Clarke has said he is happy to take explosive opener David Warner's moments of madness if he keeps delivering big centuries at the current rate.
The potent opener has three hundreds from his first 12 Tests and the best of them was his first, made a year ago in Hobart, where the first Test against Sri Lanka begins on Friday.
Just two Tests ago, Warner smashed a run-a-ball century against South Africa in Adelaide, then last week played one of the most injudicious shots of the summer, a wild swipe against Dale Steyn just seven balls into the second day, which left Australia 3-34.
"The one thing we need to understand with Davey is the same ball he got out on in Perth, we're all standing and clapping in Adelaide when it went over cover or went over slips for four," News.com.au quoted Clarke, as saying.
"That's the way he plays. The only thing I continue to say to Davey is make sure you've got that good intent, and by that good intent I mean more in his mind than the actual shot," he added.
"Because when Davey's intent's right, his defence is better, his attacking shots are better. He plays his best when he's looking to score runs, there's no doubt about it," he said.
Clarke added: "Yes, we all have to work on shot selection at certain times in your innings, but I think Davey for the start of his Test career, three hundreds he's scored now, he's doing pretty well."
"He can take a game away from any team in the first session of a Test match, really. I'm really happy with how he's going, he was disappointed with the way he got out," he said.