With David Warner’s poor Test form continuing, Australia captain Pat Cummins has hinted that the veteran starter could face the hatchet in the playing eleven for the fourth Ashes Test against England.
Australia will be looking to bounce back after suffering a three wicket loss in the recently concluded third Test at Headingley. And he could force them to make some changes to their starting XI. David Warner’s place in the team has been questioned by many for quite some time. The senior batsman has not performed well in the Tests in recent months.
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He did not fare well in the third test either, falling both times to his nemesis Stuart Broad. In the first innings, the left-handed batsman was dismissed by Broad for just 4 runs as he out-delivered to Zak Crawley at the slip cordon. In the second inning, Warner was at just 1 when he outslid Broad to Crawley again on the slide.
Broad has now dismissed Warner as many as 17 times in the Tests. And the left-footer shows little sign of improving his record against the England veteran. His latest failure is sure to make the Aussie team management consider leaving him out.
Pat Cummins on David Warner’s place on the team:
With the Ashes on the line, Pat Cummins has made it clear that Australia will not hesitate to pick their best XI for the fourth Test in Manchester. Speaking after the third Test defeat, the star pacer declined to confirm Warner’s involvement in the next game, saying Australia would keep all their options open.
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Speaking after the match, he was asked if Warner could be dropped to accommodate a fit Cameron Green and Mitchell Marsh in the side. In response, Cummins said:
“We will keep all our options open. Now we have nine or 10 days, so we’ll take a deep breath.”
“We go away for a few days, but everyone comes back. Greeny should be fit for Manchester, we should have a full roster. So we’ll take a look at the wicket, have a chat and find the best XI.” Cummins said.
Meanwhile, England chased 251 runs to keep their hopes of winning the Ashes alive for the first time since 2015. Australia could retain the Ashes if they draw the fourth Test. On the other hand, a win in the remaining two Tests will see them win an Ashes series in England for the first time since 2001.
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