Australian opener David Warner didn’t hold himself back when talking about the rule book with the on-field umpires on Day 4 of the third and final Test against Pakistan at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
Warner’s batting stance saw him play well outside of the crease, something he often does to counter the swing. He did the same on the fourth day, which led to a heated discussion with the umpires, Ahsan Raza and Aleem Dar.
Since Warner was starting outside, he often ended up running on the center of the pitch, aka the danger area. He was asked by Raza to move, leading to visible frustration on Warner’s face.
“Show me in the rule book where that’s what I’ve got to do. I won’t start until you show me,” he was quoted as saying during the discussion on the stump mic.
Final day of the Lahore Test to decide the fate of the series
Meanwhile, the third Test continues to be thrilling as the final day will decide which team will take the series home. After bowling out Pakistan for 268, Australia piled on 227 additional runs and set a competitive target of 351 for the home team.
Usman Khawaja scored his second century of the series and continues his brilliant start to the year. Warner contributed with a fifty of his own while Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith played cameos.
In response, the Pakistan openers did a brilliant job and not only survive, but also add 73 runs at a decent rate. On the final day, the equation is quite simple – Pakistan needs 278 runs to win while Australia needs 10 wickets. Even a draw is on the cards.
Australia playing XI for final Test:
David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Swepson.