Ricky Ponting, a former Australian captain, believes David Warner’s Test career will come to a tragic end and warns that the “knives are sharpening” in light of the latter’s disastrous performance in the format.
Ponting thinks Warner would have made the right decision to retire from the longest format after his 101st Test against South Africa in Sydney.
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David Warner lost the opportunity to end his Test career on his terms, and legendary Australian players have warned that he may not be able to play in the Ashes without complete confidence from selectors.
Before being sent home to heal from an elbow fracture, Warner amassed scores of 1, 10, and 15 in India, raising questions about his inclusion in the squad going into this year’s match in England.
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Warner had a terrible time during the 2019 series in England, averaging only 9.5 runs over the five Test matches, including three ducks, and being removed seven times by Stuart Broad.
Warner has only reached the 50-run mark twice in his last 20 Test innings, and at 36, the end is near—aside from the 200 runs he scored in the Boxing Day Test against South Africa at the MCG last summer.
Warner claimed he has no plans to retire upon his return to Sydney last week.
“His home ground and maybe finish there”: Ricky Ponting on David Warner
Ricky Ponting stated in an interview with RSN Cricket that David Warner has the opportunity to end his Test career on a positive note following his 200-run performance at the MCG in his 100th Test. Ponting asserts that the opener’s career is no longer assured to end on a high note:
“For him to finish the way he deserves to finish, the obvious thing for me was maybe to pull the pin after Sydney. He got 200 in Melbourne, played his 100th Test, played his 101st Test in Sydney, his home ground, and maybe finish there. The last thing he deserved is to be away on a tour and get into the middle of a series and get dropped and his career is over. That would be an awful way for him to finish. He’s a driven little man, a pretty stubborn little bugger, so we’ll see how he goes” Ricky Ponting said.
David Warner has stated that he has no plans to retire, despite the threat of the axe hanging over his head. The seasoned cricketer has stated that he intends to play until 2024. Warner also has a poor record in England, averaging only 9.5 runs per innings in the 2019 Ashes series.
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