ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: I Would Definitely Have David Warner Opening – Mark Waugh
David Warner is set to return to international cricket during the upcoming Cricket World Cup. While Australia has at least three good options for the opening batting for the forthcoming Cricket World Cup, former Australian cricketer Mark Waugh has chosen David Warner as the definite opening batsman.
The 32-year-old left-handed batsman David Warner is successful as an opening batsman. He has opened for Australia in 300 innings out of his 311 international innings.
However, since late March 2018, Warner was suspended by Cricket Australia (CA) for his involvement in the ball-tampering incident during the Cape Town Test (Steven Smith and Cameron Bancroft also faced suspensions for the same reason).
Recently, Warner completed his suspension period and the selectors have selected him for the upcoming Cricket World Cup without observing him in another international match.
Recent performances of other Australian openers
Meanwhile, recently, Usman Khawaja has performed impressively as an opening batsman in ODI cricket. During Australia’s tour of India last March, the left-handed batsman played a crucial role in Australia’s incredible series victory. He won the Player of the Series award after finishing as the leading run-scorer of that series. The left-handed batsman scored 383 runs in five innings with an average of 76.60.
Later, Khawaja continued his consistency during Australia’s another ODI series victory against Pakistan in UAE in late March. He was the third most run-scorer in that series as he scored 272 runs in five innings (average 54.40).
While Khawaja opened in the last ten ODIs, he scored 655 runs with an average of 65.50. He hit two centuries and five half-centuries during this period.
On the other hand, the regular opener and the present Australian limited-overs captain Aaron Finch is also in an excellent form. During Australia’s recent ODI series against Pakistan in UAE, Finch won the Player of the Series award. The right-handed batsman was the leading run-scorer in that series as he scored 451 runs in five innings (average 112.75). He hit two centuries and two half-centuries in that series.
In the recent warm-up match between Australia XI and New Zealand XI at Brisbane last Monday (6th May), Warner batted at no.3 while Khawaja and Finch opened for Australia.
David Warner is the number one opener – Mark Waugh
However, Mark Waugh wants to see Warner as the opening batsman in the upcoming Cricket World Cup. Warner recently dominated in the IPL 2019. The left-handed opening batsman is holding the Orange Cap of IPL 2019 after he scored 692 runs in 12 innings with an average of 69.20 and strike-rate of 143.86. He hit one century and eight half-centuries in IPL 2019.
Waugh confidently supports Warner to open with Finch in the upcoming Cricket World Cup.
Waugh recently told the Big Sports Breakfast radio program, “I would definitely have him (Warner) opening. He is the number one opener, in my opinion, so he has got to open with Finch. He is the most dangerous when the field is up and the field restrictions are in place and he can get the team off to a flyer.”
I think either Khawaja or Shaun Marsh bat at three – Mark Waugh
Mark Waugh further added that Khawaja or Shaun Marsh should fight for the no.3 batting option. He also spoke about Australia’s remaining batting order for the upcoming World Cup.
Waugh added, “I think either Khawaja or Shaun Marsh bat at three and they should be fighting for that spot. The rest probably picks themselves…with (Steve) Smith at four, (Glenn) Maxwell (at) five, (Marcus) Stoinis (at) six and (Alex) Carey (at) seven.”
England and Wales will host the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup from 30th May to 14th July. The defending champions Australia will begin their new World Cup journey on 1st June against Afghanistan at Bristol.
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