More pressure mounts on David Warner after horror moment

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David Warner (pictured left) getting out caught behind and (pictured right) walking off the field.
David Warner (pictured left) got out cheaply again in Australia's T20 World Cup warm-up loss to India. (Images: T20 World Cup)

The pressure continues to mount on the out-of-form David Warner ahead of Australia's T20 World Cup campaign after yet another poor showing in his team's brutal loss to India.

Aaron Finch's team never recovered from a bad start in which they were reduced to 3-11 from an experimental Indian outfit.

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Steve Smith, with a 48-ball 57, enabled them to reach 5-152 but it wasn't nearly enough.

India cruised to the target with more than two overs to spare with Australia's bowling also poor after dismissing only one batsman.

However, perhaps the most concerning moment in Australia's performance was Warner's dismissal.

The Aussie opener followed a golden duck against New Zealand in the first warm-up with a seven-ball one.

He has now played four innings since April scoring 0, 2, 0, 1, the other two being IPL matches.

Warner was dropped from the Sunrisers Hyderabad before the end of the IPL season.

Despite major concerns, Warner has received the backing from his teammates in recent days.

Cricket legend Adam Gilchrist also jumped to the defence of Warner following his poor form.

Gilchrist said his form at the beginning of the World Cup will be more telling than the IPL.

“I know there’s a bit of uncertainty around him and his results, but he hasn’t played any cricket,” he told SEN Radio.

“A lot of them haven’t played much cricket. We can’t really judge how Dave is going “on the back of a disgruntled situation with his franchise”.

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Underlining the status of the match, India used just seven bowlers.

Even Virat Kohli bowled two overs, while Australia used eight bowlers. India's Rohit Sharma also retired when he reached 60 to provide batting practice for team-mates.

Nevertheless, the one-sided nature of the match will have been a concern for Australia only three days before the start of the competition.

Smith and Glenn Maxwell rebuilt the innings adding 61 in 53 balls before the latter was bowled for 37 off 28 balls. Marcus Stoinis, who hit the innings' only six in an unbeaten 41, then helped Smith double the score with Australia scoring 58 off the last five overs.

Though Smith went off the penultimate ball Matt Wade hit his only delivery for four to carry Australia past 150.

When they bowled it took 12 overs for Australia India to make a breakthrough, Ashton Agar having KL Rahul caught at long-off by Warner in the 12th over.

Suryakumar Yadav (pictured left) speaks with David Warner (pictured middle) at the end of a warmup cricket match between India and Australia for the ICC mens Twenty20 World Cup.
Suryakumar Yadav (pictured left) speaks with David Warner (pictured middle) at the end of a warmup cricket match between India and Australia for the ICC mens Twenty20 World Cup. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)

That, however, was the only wicket taken. Rohit's 60 took 41 balls, Suryakumar Yadav made an unbeaten 38 off 27 balls, and Hardik Pandya finished the innings with a six off Kane Richardson to tally 14 off eight.

Australia open their campaign against South Africa in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

In other warm-ups England defeated New Zealand, South Africa beat Pakistan and Afghanistan defeated holders West Indies.

England made 6-163 with Jos Buttler scoring 73, then reduced New Zealand to 9-103 with Mark Wood taking 4-23 and Adil Rashid 3-18, before winning by 13 runs.

South Africa scored 22 off the final over to beat Pakistan by six wickets, Hendrik van der Dussen bringing up his century with a match-winning four off the last ball.

Afghanistan made 5-189 then won by 56 runs with Mohammad Nabi taking three wickets for two runs off four overs.

with AAP

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