Resilient Australian ballplayer Usman Khawaja believes fellow rookie David Warner is probably at his best as he gears up for a tough English summer that includes a Test World Cup final against India and the Ashes. Warner, 36, endured a tough tour of India earlier this year and although the Delhi Capitals skipper has shown offensive intent with 516 runs in 14 IPL games, his challenge will be met in harsh English conditions. However, Warner, probably on his last tour of England, received a lot of support from Khawaji, who said the stalwart “looks good” for the upcoming trials.
“I saw him (Warner) bat in the last couple of days and I don’t want to jinx him, but he looks good,” Khawaja was quoted by ICC.
While Warner was named to Australia’s squad for the WTC Final and the first two Ashes Tests, the selectors also chose Marcus Harris and Matt Renshaw as options, but Khawaja believes that if the veteran cricketer plays in the XI, he will do his best . fired.
“Probably the best thing I’ve seen online in a while. It doesn’t always correlate with injuries, but if we have any chance of Davey Warner scoring goals then this could be him. He always plays better when his back is also against the wall,” Khawaja added.
Warner, on top of a superb double-hundred against South Africa last December, has struggled for runs in recent assignments, posting just 26 runs in three Test innings on a recent tour of India before returning home with an injury.
He also endured a memorable campaign during the last Ashes, returning with a 9.50 average, the worst ever for a 10-inning rookie when England quickly dominated the 36-year-old.
“We saw him hit a double hundred in his 100th game when everyone was writing him off and saying he lost, that was his last game and he came out and got 200. “You can’t write off a great player, so I am expecting a run,” Khawaja said.
Warner indicated he was more likely to stick to his task during Tests than engage in any pre-Ashes pranks with English cricketers, especially Broad, who limited the Aussie to just 95 runs with an average of under 10 during the last Ashes. in England.
“This (banter) is just selling newspapers and clickbait, so I won’t be involved in any of that. I’ll keep that for myself,” said Warner of the Ashes, the series that starts in Edgbaston on June 16.
“There is no real banter on the pitch today. It’s just about playing quality cricket and trying to get ahead of each other. Everything is much more connected these days than it used to be, which I think is great for the game.” he added.
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