David Warner Image File© AFP
Australian left-handed slugger Usman Khawaja believes that his opening partner David Warner has been showing the best cricket for quite some time now. Two months ago at the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, the left-handed batter managed only 26 points from three innings against India. Overall, by his own standards, Warner was in poor shape. His prowess was shown last year when he scored a mesmerizing 200 points in his 100th Test match against South Africa on Boxing Day in Melbourne. But now Warner will be looking to overcome his poor running form and showcase his true prowess and experience.
“I saw him bat in the last couple of days and I don’t want to jinx him, but he looks good,” said Khawaja, quoted by the ICC.
“This is probably the best thing I have ever seen him watch online. It doesn’t always correlate with runs, but if we have a chance of Davey Warner scoring, it could be.”
“He always plays best when his back is also against the wall. We saw him score a double century in his 100th game where everyone was writing him off and saying he was done and that was his last game and he came out and got 200.”
“You never write off a great player, so I expect a run,” Khawaja concluded.
Warner, 36, scored just 95 runs in five tests with a 9.5 score during the 2019 Ashes tour, and has struggled at times over the previous two years, recording just one century – his epic 200 on Boxing Day last summer – and 18 points. 15 or less in 32 innings.
Despite his inconsistency, Warner claims he has received no ultimatums or demands from team officials, including captain Pat Cummins and coach Andrew McDonald.
“I was chosen here to play cricket. No one spoke to me about any situation. I’m only here as a first hitter to continue my ten-year career,” Warner said.
Topics mentioned in this article