Warner accepts blame for Aussies’ WT20 failure

Batsman David Warner said his poor performances with the bat contributed to Australia's inept showing at the World T20 in India, saying the middle-order let the Aussies down at the global event.

The left-handed Warner was moved from his usual opening position down to number four in the batting order as he averaged less than 10 runs per innings in the four games.

Many former players said Warner should never have been moved from his role at the top of order but Warner himself said he agreed with the decision with Aussie skipper Steve Smith as Australia failed to reach the knockout stages.

The 29-year-old has in contrast been in splendid form for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL) where he has smashed five half-centuries in the first seven games.

Warner said on Cricket Australia's website from India: "I think the difference between that (World T20) and here (IPL) is the fact that from a team balance point of view for Australia (batting in the middle-order) was the right way to go about it.

"We tried it (batting in the middle order) in South Africa, we wanted a left-hand, right-hand combination and some more depth in the middle.

"I spoke to Smudge (captain Steve Smith) about it, I agreed with him to do it, I put my hand up, and I've done it in the past. At the end of the day our top order did go well. It was our middle order that didn't fire.

"It is always tough when you look back and say 'in hindsight' but we just didn't perform, as simple as that. It takes a couple of game and then you come out here and play the way you do, that's just cricket.

"You can have your purple patches."

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