Former Australian captain Mark Waugh has heavily criticised David Warner for playing an ‘impatient shot’ in his comeback Test match in Sydney against India. The left-hand batsman is playing the maiden Test of the four-match Test series after being ruled of the first two Tests because of a groin injury.
In the fourth over off Mohammed Siraj’s ball, David Warner tried to play a cover drive but got the outside edge and the bowl flew to first slip where Cheteshwar Pujara was stationed. He safely grabbed the ball to sent Warner early for five runs.
Mark Waugh slams David Warner:
Mark Waugh lashed out at Warner for giving his wicket cheaply. He was disappointed with the shot selection of the southpaw at the early of the first session.
“That’s just a loose shot. That’s not a shot you want to be playing in the first 20 minutes of a Test match. You’re driving on the up, it’s not there to drive and it’s wide as well and you’re throwing your hands at it,” Waugh told Fox Cricket.
David Warner is restricting his moment because he has still not fully recovered from the injury. But Mark Waugh feels that there is no justification for his impatient shot whether he is fit or not.
“Even if his groin was okay, he would have had to take an almighty step to get even close to that delivery. Just an impatient shot really and maybe trying to get runs on the board quickly,” he added.
Meanwhile, day one of India ended with Australia putting 166 runs on the board at the loss of two wickets. Had rain not interrupted, the host would have put up 300 runs on board in the flat pitch of Sydney.
The debutant Will Pucovski scored his maiden Test century and stitched up 100 runs partnership with Marnus Labuschagne before losing his wicket.