David Warner refuses to slink into the background
In his final Test Series for Australia, David Warner continues to prove the doubters wrong
- At the age of 37, David Warner is to retire following the Australia vs Pakistan series.
- Media speculation in the week building up to the first Test at Perth was rife.
- Warner’s selection and suitability at the top of the order were questioned.
- Undeterred, Warner silenced the naysayers, scoring 164 on Day 1 of the First Test.
David Warner has been a pillar within the Australian Test side for over a decade but has now opted to call time on his stellar career.
The 2023/24 series against Pakistan will be his last and Warner started it in style, registering 164 on Day 1 of the first test in Perth.
Few batters in the history of Test cricket have enjoyed the mental and physical battle as much as David Warner and at the ripe old age of 37, he continues to be a talisman for Australian cricket.
Always a player to keep an eye on with Aussie bookmakers, Warner has made the opening spot his own in an Australian side, that has had its fair share of ups and downs over the past decade.
The current series however will be Warner’s last in the Australian Test side, with Warner to step away from the longest format of the game in the New Year.
Plenty of life in old dog yet
With former team mate Mitchell Johnson questioning David Warner’s selection in the side ahead of the First Test, it was fair to say all eyes were on Warner at the Optus Stadium in Perth.
In true David Warner fashion however, he put on a performance for all international betting sites and punters, in a devastating display with bat in hand.
Warner took the Pakistan attack to all parts, smashing 164 as Australia posted an imposing 1st innings total of 487.
Australian dominance to continue?
Having won the ICC 50 over World Cup last month, Australia have established themselves as the best side in world cricket currently.
David Warner has been a huge part of that and his presence within this side is an assertive one, which strikes fear into the opposition.
In this three game Test Series, Australia will be the strong favourites with all Australian cricket betting apps, as they look to give Warner the send off his career deserves.
For all the fanfare surrounding his latest Test Match century, Australian fans and selectors are looking towards the end of this series and life without Warner.
He and Usman Khawaja have forged a strong relationship at the top of the order and Warner’s weight of runs will be dearly missed.
Cameron Bancroft and Matt Renshaw do look to be the next openers in waiting for the Baggy Greens, whilst the suggestion of moving Mitchell Marsh up to open the batting has also been mooted.
Regardless of who is selected, the absence of David Warner will leave a big gaping hole in the Australian Test batting line up.
David Warner has been a huge part of the success Australia have enjoyed in the Test arena over the past decade, with his swashbuckling style often proving too much for the opposition.
As Warner blazed an imperious 164 in the first Test Match against Pakistan this week, in his final Test series, all associate with Australian cricket are looking to the future, with a big void to fill.