Former India wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta opined that playing a half-fit David Warner in the third Test in Sydney shows how desperate Australia are to resolve their top-order issues in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Australia’s head coach Justin Langer informed that Warner will be playing the New Year’s Test at the SCG despite the experienced opener himself saying he hasn’t yet fully recovered from his groin injury.
Warner missed the first two Tests of the series and in his absence, the hosts’ opening combination struggled to cope up against the Indian bowlers. Hence, the team management is keen to have the explosive left-hander back.
David Warner Coming In Half Fit Shows Australia’s Desperation: Deep Dasgupta
“David Warner coming in, I think that’s a great sign for Team India because that shows the desperation of the Australian side. Warner has already mentioned that he can’t lunge, and if you have a groin injury it will be difficult to get on the front foot,” Dasgupta said on Sports Today.
“I think it will be comparatively easier for bowlers to plan against David Warner with his injury because you know there will be certain movements he will be restricted with.”
Whether or not Warner quickly stamps his authority in Sydney remains to be seen as he hasn’t played Test cricket for over a year. But the 34-year-old will be playing for sure unless he aggravates the injury he picked up at the start of the summer.
Indian Spinners Should Look To Make Warner Stretch On Every Ball: Ojha
Former India spinner Pragyan Ojha pointed out that Warner wouldn’t initially move his feet properly as he is not 100% fit. Ojha reckons Indian bowlers, especially the spinners, should look to make Warner stretch as much as possible. The batsman may look to force the issue with the bat if he finds himself in physical discomfort.
“When you see someone who is not able to move his feet properly because of the injury that he’s got, and if you’re not 100 per cent fit then I think the first thing he has to do is to survive against Indian seamers with their swing and movement off the wicket,” Ojha said on Sports Today.
“Ashwin and Jadeja then have to make sure to make him step forward and stretch with every ball that they bowl because that’s where the weakness is. When a batsman of his stature is not comfortable in a certain area, it becomes a straightforward thing for the bowlers… you attack him on his weakness,” he added.
Apart from Warner, Australians will also have Will Pucovski back for the third Test. Pucovski, the uncapped Victorian right-hand batsman, could make his Test debut in Sydney and open alongside Warner after missing the first two Tests due to concussion.
With struggling opener Joe Burns ruled out of the series, the Aussies could go in with a new opening pair and shift Matthew Wade back to the middle-order.