TAKING CHARGE: Australia's stand-in captain David Warner sets the field against Sri Lanka.
TAKING CHARGE: Australia's stand-in captain David Warner sets the field against Sri Lanka. Eranga Jayawardena

Warner guides Aussies to narrow win in first game in charge

CRICKET: George Bailey has praised the captaincy of David Warner after he led Australia to a two-wicket win in the third one-dayer against Sri Lanka in Dambulla.

The Aussies now lead the five-match series 2-1 ahead of the fourth clash, at the same venue tomorrow night.

It was Warner's first time standing in as skipper after Steve Smith was sent home to rest.

Warner only made 10 with the bat, with Bailey (70) anchoring the chase to overhaul the hosts' 226, but he had impressed in the field.

"I think he's a natural leader,” Bailey said.

"Boof (coach Darren Lehmann) has always talked about ... playing the game aggressively, taking the game on. You're talking about Davey Warner when you do that.

"The conversations that I was privy to when he was talking to the bowlers, he was really clear and direct. He keeps things simple.”

Spinner Adam Zampa was again the pick of the bowlers, taking his second successive three-wicket haul.


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