David Warner might have played the last Test match of his career in Delhi. There is a decent chance that the 36-year-old dynamite Australia opener may never don the Baggy Green again.
Warner, who has returned home after suffering an elbow fracture in the second Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, might be dropped for the Ashes series in England in June 16, as is the belief in a section in Australian media. Before that, also, is the World Test Championship final, also in England, which Australia are likely to reach.
Apart from his century against South Africa in Melbourne, David Warner hasn’t gone past three figures in Test cricket in the last three years.
Plus, he also has an ordinary record in England: average of 26 in 13 Tests without a single hundred. Since the start of 2021, he averages 29 in 19 Tests. Outside Australia, that average falls to 23 in 7 Tests.
Australian Media giant Fox Cricket has stated that Warner may have played his last Test for Australia. This pressure might force him to retire from Tests.
David Warner scored 26 runs in 2 Tests against India
The national selector Tony Dodemaide ducked the question about David Warner’s position relating to the Ashes, but certianly didn’t confirm that the left-hander will be backed despite his poor form.
“We’re worried about what we can get out of these remaining two Tests, obviously that’s a clear focus for us at the moment,” Dodemaide said.
“We’ll address the Ashes planning (at a later time), but we are committed to picking the best fit and available players for Test series, particularly something as big as the Ashes. That’s not a question that we’ve addressed so far.”
“We are very keen, as everyone I’m sure at home would be, for us to get something out of this remaining series. We can still draw the series here, but it’s a tough ask in order to do that, there’s no doubt about that. Also for the World Test Championship, we’re desperate to get a result out of these last two games,” he added.
David Warner, though, has asserted he will keep his international career active until at least 2024, even if he’s dropped from the Test team.
“I’ve always said I’m playing to 2024; if the selectors feel that I’m not worthy of my spot, then so be it, and I can push on to the white-ball stuff,” Warner said. “I’ve got the next 12 months, a lot of cricket’s ahead for the team and if I can keep scoring runs and putting my best foot forward for the team and I can help my spot, it’d be great for the team.”