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Last Update on: February 12th, 2023 at 03:57 pm

The veteran Australia National Cricket Team opening batsman David Warner could be dropped from the playing XI in favour of Travis Head for the Delhi Test against India National Cricket Team, as per The Age.

Pat Cummins & Co. faced a humiliating defeat at the hands of Rohit Sharma-led India by an innings and 132 runs in the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2023 at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur. The Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi will host the second Test from February 17 to 21.

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The 36-year-old Warner failed miserably against the threatening Indian bowling attack alongside most of the Aussie batters in the first Test. The left-handed opening batsman scored 1 run in the first innings, before being bamboozled by Mohammed Shami and 10 runs in the second innings, before being trapped LBW by Ravichandran Ashwin.

Travis Head was surprisingly left out of the XI for the series-opening Test match against India. He has not performed well as a middle-order batter in the subcontinent conditions and he has been discussed as a possible opener.

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Sources close to Team Australia told The Age that those discussions were continuing after David Warner failed in the first Test. There is a belief that the attacking batting approach of Head would be best suited against pace and the harder new ball on flatter pitches in India.

You’ve got to give him at least the next Test match – Mark Taylor on David Warner

Former Australia National Cricket Team player Mark Taylor, however, wants the team management to give at least one more match to Warner, before making any decision on his place in the lineup.

“David’s been around long enough, and I know he’s had plenty of opportunities [but] I think you’ve got to give him at least the next Test match to get it right,” Taylor told Wide World of Sports.

“As Warner and Usman Khawaja found out today, they bat at the top of the order and faced Ravi Ashwin with the new ball, and then four overs later got Ravi Jadeja.

“So it doesn’t really matter where you bat; you’re going to face the same stuff. So I would be sticking with the top two at the moment.”

Meanwhile, Australia are considering fielding three spinners in the Delhi Test and using Cameron Green as the proper pace-bowling option, who could open the bowling with Pat Cummins and bat at No.6, probably replacing Matt Renshaw in the playing XI.

The young all-rounder Green is recovering from a broken finger and he is still doubtful for the second Test alongside Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood.

If Green is fit to compete in the second Test, Matt Kuhnemann could make his Test debut and be the third spinner in the team. Notably, Kuhnemann was called up to India as a replacement for reserve leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson, who is returning home for the birth of his child.

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