Australian opener David Warner needs to score 30 more runs to break former batsman, Matthew Hayden’s long-standing record of most runs for an Australian team in a single edition of the T20 World Cup.
Hayden had scored 265 runs in the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup back in 2007. The record stands to this day and Warner needs just 30 runs in the final against New Zealand on Sunday.
Having been in poor form for the past few months, Warner isn’t back to his ferocious best but he has certainly found the old magic in the ongoing tournament. The 34-year-old has scored 236 runs so far and leads the chart for Australia in this event.
He has been carrying the batting lineup, with the next highest scorer being the skipper, Aaron Finch with just 130 runs in six matches. Warner will be the crucial factor in the all-important clash against high-flying New Zealand, who defeated the firm favorites, England, on their way to the grand finale.
“David Warner didn’t think that he hit it but Glenn Maxwell heard the noise” – Matthew Wade
In the second semifinal between Australia and Pakistan, Warner walked off after being adjudged caught behind but replays showed there was no edge. There was daylight between the bat and ball and UltraEdge showed no spike. Aussie wicket-keeper, Matthew Wade, shed light on what actually happened, revealing that Glenn Maxwell at the other end thought he heard a noise.
“I think there was a noise. He (Warner) wasn’t sure, maybe his bat handle clicked or his hand on his bat. He didn’t think that he hit it but I think Glenn at the other end heard the noise and to be fair that out there, that was the only thing that could have been so he was potentially thinking that he (Warner) might have hit it. It’s really tough in those situations. How many times do you see a batter think that they haven’t hit it and they have?”
“So a little bit of reassurance from the other end I suppose [would have helped] but that’s now how it [went] with Maxy. Maxy heard a noise and he was batting out there. So hopefully something like that doesn’t happen in the next match but we just got to work it out. The thing is we get 2 reviews in this format so you can sort of say that we should have used it but that’s the way it goes,” Wade said after the match.
The 2021 T20 World Cup final will be played in Dubai between the Trans-Tasmanian rivals, Australia and New Zealand.