Last Update on: July 28th, 2023 at 11:52 am
David Warner’s poor run in Tests continued on Thursday (July 27) as he failed to score big in the ongoing fifth Ashes Test between England and Australia at The Oval.
The Southpaw once again failed to capitalize on the start. He added 49 runs with Usman Khawaja for the first wicket before edging a Chris Woakes delivery to Zak Crawley at second slip to depart for 24. The latest failure has further extended David Warner’s horrendous run of form in the longest format of the game.
The latest dismissal has also highlighted his struggle against Woakes. The Australia opener was terrorized by his arch-nemesis Stuart Broad earlier in the series before falling to Woakes thrice in a row. Playing his last Ashes series, David Warner has managed only a modest total of 225 runs in nine innings so far.
Glenn McGrath on David Warner’s Test career:
David Warner’s position in Australia’s Test team has been questioned by fans and experts for quite some time now. And Australia great Glenn McGrath has said that David Warner’s hopes of playing his last Test in front of his home crowd in Sydney next year could be taken away after his latest failure.
Last month, the Australia veteran announced that he would retire from Tests next year after the home series against Pakistan. Recently, there were rumors that he might retire after the last Ashes Test but the left-hander rubbished the reports. McGrath has opined that Warner could lose his place in the Test side unless he scores big in the second innings of the ongoing game.
“He looked OK (in the first innings), but then got out again,” McGrath told SEN.
“I know he came out the other day and said he wanted to play it to the end of next summer. But I think the pressure is on him, the vultures are circling. Unless he comes out in the second dig and produces a big score, I think he might struggle,” he added.
Warner has been struggling in Tests for quite some time now. He has crossed 50 just once in the series and has scored just one Test century since January 2020.
“Unfortunately, he‘s got a lot of starts this series and then just gets out. I’m not sure what’s there, the timing is not quite there.
“He had that big innings back in Australia on Boxing Day where he got the 200, but there hasn’t been a sort of real big score before or after that for quite some time. He‘s probably feeling the pressure, he still talks it up and says he’s going fine and this and that, but he’s got to put the runs on the board unfortunately,” he added.