Last Update on: August 15th, 2023 at 10:34 am
Australian opener David Warner spoke about retiring from Test cricket after the series against Pakistan at home next year. For now, he is bracing himself up for the upcoming series against South Africa in South Africa.
Warner did not have an Ashes series to remember. The series ended at 2-2 with the southpaw scoring 285 runs in five Test matches at an average of 28.50 and a strike rate just above 55. The stats are nowhere close to what he would have liked.
The Australian opener was dismissed several times by his nemesis Stuart Broad who announced his international retirement after the Test series. Overall, Borad has dismissed Warner 17 times in Test cricket.
Meanwhile, former Australian skipper Ian Chappell spoke about life beyond David Warner for Australia in the near future. In his column for ESPN Cricinfo, Chappell wrote that Warner’s absence will be big shoes to fill for the national side.
There Are No Other Batters Whose Strike Rate Worries Opponents: Ian Chappell On David Warner
“Warner set himself a challenge when he gamely announced the contest against Pakistan as his final Test appearance. Nevertheless, there are no other batters whose strike rate worries opposing captains like the current Australian opener’s does” wrote Chappell in his column.
He further named three possible replacements that can take the place of Warner. However, he further said that none of them come close to making an impact on opposition teams like Warner did.
“The three candidates to replace Warner are Marcus Harris, Matt Renshaw and Cameron Bancroft. None of them come close to Warner’s ebullient style, and whoever Australia chooses, it means taking a step back. Though Warner is not the player he used to be, he is still good enough to succeed in Australia and he should meet his preferred final destination at the SCG” Chappell further wrote in his column.
David Warner has a fabulous record at home in Test matches. In 55 matches in Australia, the veteran has accumulated 5139 Test runs with 19 centuries, including a best of 335* averaging 58.40. Against South Africa, his next opponent, the Southpaw has scored 1415 runs in 15 Test matches at an average of 52.41 with five hundreds and as many fifties.