Personally Think There’s Runs Around the Corner For David Warner: George Bailey

Criticized Australian opener David Warner on Monday found backing from the Australian selectors despite failing in the first Test against South Africa and going nearly three years without a century.

Warner has not scored a Test century since January 2020 and a string of low scores, including 0 and 3 against the Proteas on a poor Brisbane pitch, has increased the pressure on Australia’s top-order talisman.

But chairman of selectors George Bailey said the 36-year-old shouldn’t be judged on the basis of his performance against South Africa.

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“I don’t know how much to read into this wicket or this match and say either batsman on either side is in good or bad touch,” Bailey said.

“I personally feel there are runs around the corner for him.”

The powerful left-hander has averaged just 27 in the last two years and India And coming to England, there is some speculation that he could be playing his final series.

Warner has publicly stated that he wants to retire after next year’s Ashes tour, but will need to score runs in the next two Tests against the Proteas to secure his place in the team.

“I still think he’s preparing as well as he can, he’s looked great in the nets,” Bailey said.

“There is no doubt that he would like to get some more runs and contribute more at the top of the order, but I have full faith that it will come.”

Warner averages sub-par in India (24.25) and England (26.04) and averages 9.50 runs per innings during the 2019 Ashes.

Bailey said that this opener is not showing signs of succumbing to age. “I still think he’s catching well. I still think he’s catching well and I think when guys start going, the catches get dropped and the moves go.” Yes,” Bailey said.

“But he’s still an excellent fielder, still as fit as Bella.

However, Australian Pat Cummins inadvertently revealed that Warner’s position is not set in stone.

Asked whether fast bowler Scott Boland is safe with Josh Hazlewood fit ahead of the Boxing Day Test, Cummins spoke about the depth of Australia’s fast bowling.

But he also said that former opener Marcus Harris will continue to be an important part of the team.

“He’s a big part of this team and I’m sure he’ll get his chance,” Cummins said.

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