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Warner helps Finch to bounce back


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Aaron Finch has always believed he will recover from a long "lean patch" and it appears his opening partner David Warner did as well.

Warner disclosed the text messages he gave the Australian skipper during the Indian Premier League that may have helped ignite his return to form after the pair both blasted half-centuries to lead Australia to a decisive 10-wicket win in the T20 series opener against Sri Lanka last night.

"I just said to him not to walk out into the ball, let the ball actually do its work in the air. And if they want to bowl nice and full and you stay still and keep that leg stump line, you're going to get full contact with the ball, and if it swings late, it's going to go down leg," said Warner.

Prone to getting out lbw throughout his career, including consecutive innings for a duck in Pakistan, Warner said Finch was moving into the line of the delivery too much and it was hindering his access to the ball.

"I just said to him not to walk out into the ball, let the ball actually do its work in the air and if they want to bowl nice and full and you stay still and keep that leg stump line, you're going to get full contact with the ball, and if it swings late, it's going to go down leg,”

"He was probably moving a little too much, he was walking straight into the line of the ball and was still moving at the time of the delivery, and when you're a batter you don't want to really do that unless you're actually physically charging.” he added.

Before departing for Sri Lanka, Finch also told reporters he had been fiddling with his technique in an effort to recapture his best form.

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