David Warner – World Class Opener Or Fraud?


Immediately new author Grant Scott articulates one thing that quite a lot of England supporters suppose however hardly ever say. You inform ’em, Grant…

As he unleashed his trademark leap into the air earlier than injuring himself and having to retire damage (he’d come again out the subsequent day), David Warner appeared a jubilant however relieved man. He had each proper to be too, he had simply reached a double hundred in what was his first Check century in practically three years. Over the course of these three, lengthy, lean years, Warner averaged simply 26.07 throughout 15 Check Matches.

Throughout this face-saving double ton, Warner managed to move Mark Waugh into eighth place on Australia’s most Check runs record. That 25th Check ton additionally places him eighth in most Check a whole lot scored for Australia, too. His Check report now stands at 8132 runs at 46.20, with 25 a whole lot throughout 101 Assessments, and at a strike charge of 71.37. Spectacular… or so that you’d suppose. However it’s a considerably completely different story while you delve deeper into Warner’s report.

Now, I ought to level out that we’re solely Warner’s Check report. His statistics within the two white ball codecs is superb. However when one breaks his Check numbers down, we see a definite sample…

In 55 residence Assessments, Warner’s common will increase to 58.40 with a whopping 19 a whole lot. However in 46 Assessments away from residence, his common drops to a mediocre 34.01 with simply 6 of his 25 Check tons approaching overseas soil. For somebody who has been dubbed as one of the best Check opener of this technology, they’re some telling statistics.

I think about any fervent Warner followers studying this may inform me that it’s not unusual for cricketers (or maybe even sportspeople normally) to fare higher at residence than away. And, after all, they’d be proper. It’s not unusual. However Warner’s drop off away from residence is critical although – it’s not simply marginal. What’s extra, that away report turns into even much less spectacular when put underneath the microscope additional.

Let’s have a look at these six away centuries. There have been 3 in South Africa – the nation with pitches and circumstances most much like Australia than anyplace else; 2 in Bangladesh – Bangladesh a workforce whom, while not the rollovers they had been 15-20 years in the past, are nonetheless among the many weakest Check opposition; and 1 in U.A.E – arguably the flattest wickets on earth.

Warner has due to this fact performed Assessments in ten completely different international locations away from residence, however solely scored a whole lot in three of them. And people have are available in arguably the three best international locations for him to take action.

The underside line is due to this fact this: in 36 Assessments throughout the international locations of England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka & West Indies, Warner doesn’t have a single Check hundred to his identify. What’s worse, his common in these international locations, the place his methodology is definitely examined, is simply 25.63. I repeat, 25.63.

Consequently, there’s an infinite gap in his cricketing CV and, in my view, it goes largely unnoticed. Warner hasn’t had success on the raging bunsens of India or Sri Lanka, nor towards the pink duke ball underneath cloudy circumstances in England. In different phrases, he hasn’t confirmed he could be profitable internationally. That is unusual for somebody who’s so usually dubbed as world class.

2023 is an enormous yr for Australia in Check matches and an enormous yr for David Warner – they face each India and England away from residence – their two hardest exams and their two greatest rivals, to not point out they’ll seemingly have the World Check Championship Ultimate sandwiched in between as nicely.

Can Warner, on the age of 36, all of the sudden discover the flexibility to attain runs in all circumstances and rip this text to shreds?

Predictably he failed miserably within the first innings in Nagpur- castled spectacularly by Mohammad Shami with simply 1 run to his identify. However there’s all the time the second dig…

Grant Scott


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