Aussie cricket legends Mark Waugh and Ricky Ponting say the ‘knives are sharpening’ for David Warner’s Test career…as the ‘stubborn little bugger’ continues to insist he won’t retire
- David Warner’s Test career is over in the eyes of many
- Previous struggles in England may prove crucial pre Ashes
- Ricky Ponting felt Warner should have retired in January
- Mark Waugh also unsure if 36-year-old is a selection lock
David Warner missed the chance to end his Test career on his own terms – and two Australian cricket greats have suggested he may not be an Ashes lock without absolute faith from selectors.
Having registered scores of 1, 10 and 15 in India before being sent home to recover from a fractured elbow, doubts are being cast on Warner’s place in the XI ahead of this year’s showdown in England.
Warner struggled in the 2019 series in England, averaging just 9.50 across five Tests with three ducks – as paceman Stuart Broad dismissed him seven times.
Outside of the 200 he made in the Boxing Day Test against South Africa at the MCG last summer, Warner has passed 50 just twice in his past 20 Test innings and, at 36, the end is looming.
On arrival home in Sydney last week, Warner said he had ‘no intention’ of retiring.
David Warner has returned home from India due to injury and his Test career could be over (pictured, following his dismissal in the second Test in Delhi)
Former Test captain Ricky Ponting said Warner missed the ‘obvious’ chance for the perfect retirement in the Sydney Test, his 101st, and now his career could end in ugly fashion.
Ponting said Warner might make it to the World Test Championship final before the Ashes, but that might be curtains.
‘I think I’ve heard him talk before about their cycle. This current cycle will finish after the World Test Championship, which is obviously the week before the first Ashes Test and I would think all going well that they want to get David through until the end of that Test match at least,’ Ponting told RSN.
‘It’s up to him though. The only currency you have as a batsman is runs and if you’re not scoring any you leave yourself open.
‘It’s happened to all of us, it happened to me. When you get to a certain age and it looks like your form is dropping off slightly, then the knives are sharpened and it doesn’t take long.
‘For him to finish the way he deserves to finish, the obvious thing for me was maybe to pull the pin after Sydney. He got 200 in Melbourne, played his 100th Test, played his 101 Test in Sydney, his home ground and maybe finish there.
Australian cricket great Ricky Ponting feels Warner should have retired from Test cricket in January at the SCG, his home pitch
Former national selector Mark Waugh is also unsure if Warner will play in the Ashes, especially given he averaged just 9.50 in the 2019 series in the UK
‘The last thing he deserved is to be away on a tour and get in to the middle of a series and get dropped and his career is over. That would be an awful way for him to finish.
‘He’s a driven little man, a pretty stubborn little bugger, so we’ll see how he goes.’
Test great and former national selector Mark Waugh had a similar view to Ponting, unsure if Warner will feature in the Ashes.
‘I don’t think the selectors will want to finish David’s career like it is at the moment with an injury,’ he told RSN.
‘I think he’s got enough credits in the bank to be in the side I think for the Test World Championship, which I think Australia will make and then [you have] the Ashes after that.
‘I think that’ll be probably the T-junction when they have to decide which way to go.’
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