Legendary Australia National Cricket Team captain Ricky Ponting has stated that the veteran opening batsman David Warner should be realistic while taking a call on his Test future.
The 36-year-old David Warner has not looked at his best in Test cricket for an extended period of time. In the first Test of the three-match series against South Africa, Warner was cleaned up by Kagiso Rabada for a golden duck.
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Meanwhile, the Australian great Ponting has said that Warner deserves the chance to finish his career the way he wants rather than be dropped.
“I think what he should be doing is being as realistic and looking to the future as he can,” Ponting said on Channel 7.
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“Like I said before, he deserves the chance to finish the way he wants to finish. I would hate to see him get to an Indian tour or at the start of the Ashes tour and then get the tap on the shoulder. That would be a disappointing way for his career to end…it might be after the Sydney Test. Let’s wait and see. Also, I hope that he gets some runs between now and then.”
He’s got 100% support of the changing room – Nathan Lyon on David Warner
The veteran Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon has stated that the team management will be backing the X-factor David Warner.
“We all know the X-Factor of cricketer that David Warner is and the type of batter he is,” Lyon said.
“He’s got 100% support of the changing room and [that] should be the whole Australian public, to be honest with you. Yes, he got a good steep bouncer today but that was a hell of a catch to hang onto. I’m expecting David to come out and do amazing things.”
Meanwhile, South Africa were bundled out for 152 in the first innings of the Gabba Test as Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc bagged three wickets each while Pat Cummins and Scott Boland picked up two wickets each.
“When we got bowled out for 150-odd, as much as you want to try and get the energy up it can be quite difficult,” Kyle Verreynne said.
“So to get the wicket the first ball of the innings, and when it’s a big player like David Warner, that just lifts everyone up and for the next 10 overs, we carried that energy and adrenalin from that ball. Unfortunately, we fell away a bit but it was definitely a massive moment.”
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