WTC Final: I Do Think It Should Be At Least A Three-game Series With Test Cricket Only – David Warner Opens Up On WTC Final Format
Oct 9, 2023 at 5:47 PM
Australian veteran opener David Warner feels that the World Test Championship final should be conducted as a three-match test series instead of a one-off match, as both teams played extremely well over the last two years to reach this stage. Australia will take on India in the second edition of the WTC final starting on June 7 at Oval Stadium.
Speaking to the media, David Warner feels that it would be a great idea to have three-match series to decide the winners of the grand event, as both teams have played well throughout the last two years, as it would be a little unfair to decide on the one-off, especially with the game being hosted in a neutral venue and feels that it would be great for the best teams in the world.
“I think it’s great, I won’t say critical – but I do think it should be at least a three-game series with Test cricket only. You play two years of good cricket, then you play on a neutral venue against an opposition. We’ve all played here before but not against the same [host] nation,” David Warner said.
“It’s a great reward for the two best teams. Two world-class bowling attacks bowling with a Dukes ball on foreign land. It’s great and we’re excited about that.”
David Warner has been preparing hard for the longer red-ball cricket in the English summer, starting with the WTC final against India, followed by the much-anticipated Ashes 2023. Despite his poor form, Warner is backed to reclaim his spot at the top of the order for the WTC final, which will be played from June 7-11 at the Oval in London.
I Haven’t Worked On The Plans For Stuart Broad – David Warner
David Warner said that he is not thinking too much ahead about facing Stuart Broad in the Ashes 2023, as he fully focused on the Indian team bowlers Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, and Shardul Thakur in the WTC final.
The last time Australia went to England for the Ashes in 2019, the southpaw batter had a disastrous outing. He averaged just 9.5 runs across the five Tests with three ducks as the veteran pacer, Stuart Broad dismissed him seven times in the series.
“I haven’t worked on that [plans for Broad] yet, I’m concentrating on the WTC final. Mohammed Shami and [Mohammed] Siraj and Shardul Thakur are what’s on my mind first. That’s what’s important to us right now, then I’ll switch on and worry about Stuart Broad if they select him for the first Test this time,” David Warner added.
In his last 15 Tests innings, he has crossed the 50-run score just once which was the double century against South Africa and he will look to do well in the forthcoming series to prove his mettle in red-ball cricket, as he would hang his boots for test cricket after Pakistan series in Australia.