Justin Langer marveled at David Warner’s cricketing instincts after the powerful opener sent a double bounce free kick for six to help send Australia to the Twenty20 World Cup final.
Warner was on the march in the semi-final against Pakistan when spinner Mohammad Hafeez lost control of a delivery that fell short and slowly made its way towards the other end.
Warner solidified, shuffled to the side of the pitch and lifted the ball far across the boundary.
The experienced batter’s decision to punish Hafeez’s whimsical delivery drew criticism from a number of quarterbacks, but Langer saw no problem.
“Oh my God, it’s one of the best things I’ve ever seen in the game of cricket,” said the enthusiastic Australian coach.
“I can’t believe anyone would have the instincts to do that – it was incredible.
“In fact, most people probably wouldn’t be sure what to do … it was a no-brainer and having the talent and ability to hit it for six – incredible.”
Former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir was one famous figure who questioned Warner’s actions.
“What an absolutely pathetic display of spirit from the Warner game !,” Gambhir encrypted.
Warner’s strange night continued as he was caught in the back and walking, after blowing 49 of 30 balls.
Repetitions showed a gap between bat and ball, and no sound was detected.
“Anyone who thinks (the six were) unsportsmanlike, that (walk) probably equates it a bit,” Langer said.
Australia will face New Zealand in the World Cup final on Monday morning (AEDT).