George Bailey, chairman of the selection committee, believes Australia cannot replace David Warner’s aggressive opening style as the veteran battles to prolong his Test career.
Warner was dismissed for a golden duck and three runs during the two-day Gabba Test by Proteas captain Kagiso Rabada. Warner he was already under pressure and out of form before the three match series against South Africa.
Dean Elgar, the South Africa captain, believes his team’s bowlers have left “mental scars” on Warner and Australia’s elite.
In the contentious 2018 South Africa series, Rabada claimed Warner’s wicket four times, and his dominance over the 36-year-old has persisted for almost five years.
Usman Khawaja, who bats for Warner, pleaded with the selectors to keep the left-hander in the line-up last week, saying “there was no David Warner” in the Sheffield Shield.
What did George Bailey say about David Warner?
“I think the way Davey is playing, I don’t think he’s going to be replaced,” he said.
“I don’t think we’re looking to replace David Warner, but I think we have some strong candidates waiting on the wings to bat at the top of Australia’s order.”
“David would be the first to say this, he would like a few more races and contribute a bit more, knowing the importance of that role at the top of the order,” he said.
“But (I have) full confidence that it will come.”
Is David Warner struggling?
As well as failing to reach 50 against the struggling West Indies during decisive wins in Perth and Adelaide, Warner has not scored a Test century since January 2020.
As he prepares to play his 100th Test on Boxing Day, he has scored 24 centuries and scored 7922 runs at an average of 45.22.
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