Last Update on: June 3rd, 2023 at 01:27 pm
Usman Khawaja, an Australian batting legend, thinks David Warner is likely playing at his peak as he gets ready for the challenging English summer, which includes the Ashes and the World Test Championship final against India.
Warner, 36, had a challenging tour in India earlier this year, and despite leading Delhi Capitals to victory in the IPL with 516 runs from 14 games, he will face a challenge in the seaming English conditions.
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Khawaja has given David Warner a major endorsement ahead of his likely final tour of England. Warner appears to be in good form, which will enable him to face the obstacles that are expected of him, according to Khawaja.
David Warner is a seasoned cricketer whose contributions to the squad are considerable. Khawaja is a solid batsman, and his words of encouragement for Warner will undoubtedly bolster the latter’s morale. For the forthcoming matches, the squad will need all of its players to be in good shape and motivated.
“I have seen him (David Warner) bat in the last couple of days and, I don’t want to jinx him, but he is looking good,” Khawaja was quoted as saying by ICC.
“David Warner always plays his best when his back is against the wall too” – Usman Khawaja
Usman Khawaja thinks that while he prepares for the challenging English summer, which includes the World Test Championship final against India and the Ashes, David Warner, a fellow opener, is likely at his best.
Marcus Harris and Matt Renshaw were also mentioned by the selectors as potential players, but Khawaja believes that if Warner is selected for the starting XI, he will give it his best. Warner was named to Australia’s lineup for the World T20 final and the first two Ashes Tests.
“This is probably the best I have seen him look in the nets for a while. That doesn’t always correlate to runs, but if we are any chance of Davey Warner scoring runs this could be it. He always plays his best when his back is against the wall too, “Khawaja was quoted as saying by ICC.
“We saw when he scored a double century in his 100th game when everyone was writing him off and telling him he was done and it was his last game and he went out and gets 200. You never write off a great player, so I am expecting runs,” added Khawaja.
Warner begins what is likely to be his final visit to England with the one-off ICC World Test Championship Final against India at The Oval, followed by the long-awaited battle for the Ashes in a five-match series.