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A tired David Warner questions the controversial Duckworth-Lewis system ahead of India tour

A frustrated and ‘exhausted’ David Warner says he needs to work on staying fresh next summer as he prepares to fly to India after rain ruined any chance of him and Sydney Thunder surviving the BBL.

Warner’s busy summer officially came to an end on Friday night when the Brisbane Heat knocked his Thunder out of the Big Bash final.

The match ended in controversy, with persistent rain in Sydney decided by Duckworth-Lewis, a system Warner had suggested be reviewed for the T20 match.

Warner hit out and was in good form for the Thunder in their elimination final until rain ended his innings and their tournament.

The Test opener was unbeaten on 36 when rain ended the Thunder’s chances of finishing their innings, eight runs shy of a DLS-style win.

Warner was confident that they could have chased down the Heat’s mammoth ground record of 5-203 had the rain not intervened.

‘It was probably one of the best wickets they have produced here. We know that naturally when dew comes, it skids off beautifully. It is unfortunate that there is a little rain. It puts a dampener on everything,’ he said.

‘It was quite achievable. It was going to be difficult for me with long pockets, so they probably bowled on the wicket and tried to run that way. what is it

‘There was nothing on the radar at that stage and it was pretty sporadic when they saw it. There was no wind so you saw the smoke (from the pre-game fireworks) that didn’t blow away.

‘It’s disappointing, and I don’t know if Duckworth-Lewis can step up and how many runs they’ve scored.

‘There’s a lot they’ll have to look at when they’re readjusting those things, but to be fair, we were chasing 200 plus.

‘They were 1-46 at the same time so I don’t know if they have to look at it that way as well as T20 cricket, but all in all it was unfortunate that there was rain.’

Australia’s David Warner celebrated his double century in the second Test against South Africa this summer. He is hoping for similar results in the India tour

Warner will not have much time to reflect with the first Test against India just 12 days away. It has been a busy schedule for the veteran and he admits to feeling tired.

Beginning in August, Warner played in the white-ball series against Zimbabwe, New Zealand, England and the West Indies, every game of Australia’s T20 World Cup campaign, every Test match in the home series against the West Indies and South Africa, and then returned to the tournament to manage six BBL games. .

“It’s challenging,” Warner said.

‘I’m quite tired, tired.’

Warner watches during a rain delay in the Big Bash League elimination final between Sydney Thunder and Brisbane Heat at the Sydney Showground.

Tougher wickets await for India, as does the challenge of finding consistent form with the bat after a Test summer that yielded a memorable double century and a spate of incredible knocks.

Although his results did not live up to his billing, the opener said it was never his intention to use the BBL cameo for the longer format in India.

“You’re not really trying to negate the spinning ball, it’s also a white ball,” Warner said of the BBL.

‘For me, it was about coming back and trying to inject some energy into the Thunder team and trying to put my best foot forward for the team.

‘Not closed this year.’

Warner has signed on with the Thunder for another summer and will come into the tournament on the back of the ODI World Cup in India and possibly a similarly busy home Test summer if he continues to play and is selected.

‘Hopefully next year I can come out and be a bit fresher than I am at the moment,’ he said.

‘It’s going to be a long lead up to our summer.

‘From a personal point of view, I need to work on how to stay beautiful and fresh.’

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