Pat Cummins Says Australia To Adopt Wait And Watch Strategy On David Warner’s Playing In WTC final
Mar 23, 2023 at 3:56 PM
Australia ODI and Test captain Pat Cummins has said that a decision on whether David Warner plays in the World Test Championship (WTC 2023) final against India will be made at a later date. India and Australia will clash in the WTC final from June 7-11 at the Oval in London.
This match can be seen as revenge for Australia who recently lost the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2023 to India, which was their fourth consecutive Test series loss to India since 2017.
Meanwhile, left-handed opener David Warner struggled for runs throughout the series and was substituted in the third Test after being hit on the helmet and missed the fourth Test due to a hairline fracture to his elbow.
Warner however came back to India and played in the third and final ODI in Chennai, which Australia won by 21 runs and pocketed the series 2-1.
We’ll Have To Wait And See” If David Warner Will Play In The WTC Final: Pat Cummins
While many Australian players including David Warner will now be seen playing in the IPL 2023, captain Pat Cummins will be at home planning for the WTC Final as he opted out of the tournament due to workload issues.
Cummins had missed the last two Tests and the ODI series due to his mother’s illness and subsequent passing. He talked about Warner playing in the WTC final, despite the opener averaging 26.04 in English conditions, and has been in poor form in recent times.
“We’ll have to wait and see, if David Warner will play in the WTC final. But openers who can put pressure back on the bowlers, they’re priceless. I know as a bowler, if someone’s a sitting duck, you feel like you’re going to get them eventually. If someone’s kind of taking the game to you, it presents a different challenge. That’s been the hallmark of Davey’s career”, Cummins told Fox Sports.
Cummins also acknowledge that opening in England is difficult as he said, “The bowlers can get on top over in England with the new ball. It seems around; it can be tough for opening batters.”
David Warner, who made his Test debut in 2011, has 8158 runs in 103 matches with 25 centuries at an average of 45.57 and the best score of 335*.