David Warner’s dreadful form continued on Saturday after Kagiso Rabada dismissed him for a golden duck on the opening day of the Gabba Test match. It was only the second such dismissal in his 99-match career in the format where he had struggled to score runs in the last two years, leading to talks among critics about his future in the format. Amid criticism, former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has given a tough verdict on Warner’s future.
In the last two years, Warner averages only 27 without a century. And there is every possibility that the numbers could drop further when Australia travel to India and England in their next two tours as Warner averages 24.25 and 26.04 in those countries respectively.
Speaking on Channel 7 on the first day of the first Test between Australia and South Africa, Ponting said Warner had the right to end his career on his own terms rather than being forced to.
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“I think what he should do is be realistic and look to the future,” Ponting said. “As I said earlier, he deserves a chance to finish the way he wants to finish. I would not like to see him on the Indian tour or at the start of the Ashes tour and then get a tap on the shoulder. It would be Could be a disappointing end to his career… It could happen after the Sydney Test. Let’s wait and see. Also, I hope he scores a few runs between now and then.”
Warner is backed by Australia’s head coach Andrew McDonald, who admitted before the start of the South Africa series that Warner is part of the team’s plans.
“He is keen to continue at this level,” McDonald said. “He hasn’t indicated [at] Anything else,” McDonald said. “He still has the hunger for work in and around training. He is busy at the crease and you have seen signs that he is doing well. He’s found different ways to get out, and sometimes that can happen.”
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