Thursday, March 30, 2023

Warner firmly in our ideas for India tour, says coach McDonald

Australia’s David Warner bats towards the West Indies on the third day of their cricket take a look at match in Adelaide, on Nov. 10, 2022.
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Australia coach Andrew McDonald has dispelled all doubts over David Warner’s Take a look at profession, saying the veteran left-hander “at this stage” could be very a lot in competition for subsequent yr’s tour of India, regardless of his poor run within the format.

Warner averaged simply 25.5 within the just-concluded two-Take a look at sequence towards the West Indies and has 23 averages in 9 five-day video games in 2022.

However McDonald backed Warner to come back good within the three-Take a look at sequence towards South Africa beginning on Saturday in Brisbane, and seal a spot for the tour of India in February-March subsequent yr.

“We’ll see what occurs within the subsequent three Take a look at matches, however at this stage he is (Warner) firmly in our ideas for India,” McDonald was quoted as saying by the Australian media.

At 36, Warner is on the enterprise finish of his profession and has already declared that he’ll take a name on his Take a look at cricket future after this season.

“If we hold choosing him and he makes runs, then he is again,” McDonald mentioned.

“And for those who hold choosing him and he does not, then he is most likely on the fade. I believe it is so simple as that. He is in our plans for the quick future, and we’ll see what unfolds from there.” The coach mentioned he was in no way apprehensive about Warner’s present kind.

“His (Warner’s) appetite for the work, in and around training is still there. He’s busy at the crease, and you’ve seen signs that he is going well. He’s just found different ways to get out, and sometimes that can happen,” McDonald mentioned.

“He is wanting to proceed on at this stage, he hasn’t hinted anything. We’re constructing in the direction of a World Take a look at Championship as properly, and he needs to be a part of that in order that’s a transparent focus for us and we have got South Africa as part of that.

“After which on to India. So, there is not any indication of anything for the time being.” Australia will tour India for 4 Exams and three ODIs beginning February 9 in Nagpur.

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