- David Warner hasn’t been promised a Sydney farewell
- Warner wants to leave Test cricket on his own terms
- But George Bailey says he has to earn his place in the team
David Warner has not been promised a fairytale Sydney swansong, with Australia selector George Bailey telling the opener to earn his place in the team for the SCG Test.
Warner, 37, wants to leave Test cricket on his own terms this summer after an illustrious career opening the batting for his country, but some critics believe he should not be afforded that right given his woeful recent form.
Blessed with a handful of young, in-form options, some fans feel this summer is the right time to move in a new direction with the World Test Champions.
Warner has been selected for the opening Test against Pakistan but selector Bailey says that is no guarantee that he will play all summer.
‘We still think he’s in our best eleven players to win the first Test,’ Bailey told reporters on Sunday afternoon.
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‘We think David is the right person for this Test.
‘Clearly Dave would like to get through the series and finish up in Sydney, and we fully respect that.
‘We’ve been pretty consistent around the fact that with any player, it’s how they perform as an individual, and how that performance actually fits into the function of the team, and that won’t change.
‘We get the advantage of having a home Test series and being able to name a squad Test by Test. And not specific to Dave, but I think all players, it’s about performing and how that fits into the team that will determine the make-up of a side in any given Test.’
Bailey said it would be impossible to replace Warner as an opener, comparing it to when leg-spinner Shane Warne retired.
‘I’d put David in that category, the way he’s opened the batting for Australia for such a long period,’ Bailey said.
Mitchell Johnson has led the criticism of Warner’s inclusion in the team and hit out at Warner in his West Australian column. He also had a shot at Bailey in his column, prompting a cold response.
‘I’ve been sent little snippets of it – I hope he’s OK,’ Bailey said.
Johnson criticised Bailey for being too close to the players as a selector.
‘My only question would be … if someone can show me how being distant and unaware of what players are going through and what the plans are with their team and the coaching staff, how that’s more beneficial, I’d be all ears,’ Bailey said.
Australia selector George Bailey says Warner must earn his place in the team
Johnson’s attack on Warner comes two years after he savaged Pat Cummins in his same newspaper column amid the fallout from Justin Langer’s exit as Australian coach.
The 42-year-old’s relationship with his fast-bowling brethren Cummins and Mitchell Starc has not been the same since.
Johnson took 313 wickets in 73 Tests for Australia, retiring in November 2015