Former Australia all-rounder, Shane Watson has urged Cricket Australia to bring back suspended opener David Warner with full dignity once and when his suspension ends.
However, Tim Paine is all set to lead a depleted Australian side in a Test series against Pakistan in the UAE. Meanwhile, Watson has publicly endorsed for the return of David Warner claiming that Australia cannot afford to lose a player of his calibre.
Suspended Australia skipper, Steven Smith has been tipped to make a comeback just after finishing his suspension. However, Warner’s passage back to the Australian team seems to be in jeopardy. Several figures at the head office don’t want Warner to make a comeback in the national team. However, it is believed that Warner has the support of decision-makers in the high-performance department.
The chances of Warner’s comeback will be improved if Australia loses the Test series against Pakistan and are troubled in the home series against India later in the year.
Watson who was a regular feature of the Australian team stated Australia isn’t in a position to do away with world-class players like David Warner. Watson feels it will be challenging for Australia to win the World Cup next year without the presence of Warner.
Shane Watson hailed David Warner as an incredible player
“He’s an incredible player at his best. I find it hard for us to win a World Cup next year if Dave’s not playing in the one-day team – he’s that good,” Watson was quoted as saying by Fairfax Media. “We’ve got a number of really good players but not to the same level under pressure that Dave’s shown for a long period of time,” he added.
“If he was a run of the mill player, it might be a different story, but he’s not. He’s one of the best players across the world in all formats, and he’s an opening batsman. We don’t have ten world-class batters ready to go. Dave is one of the best players in the world. You don’t have these guys coming through the system all the time. I hope it’s not the last we’ve seen of him in international cricket.”
Meanwhile, Shane Watson also feels the appointment of Justin Langer will help the team to create an environment which will welcome all types of players.
“That’s part of being a very good coach and having a very good system that you know how to work with different personalities,” Watson said.
“You need to have the skill set to be able to get the best out of everyone. In that regard that’s where Justin Langer is a great person for that. He’s a very well balanced man and knows how to work with different personalities. My fingers are crossed that will be the case with Dave.”