2, 8, 3, 5, 61, 0 and 0 – these are the sequence of scores of David Warner in the ongoing Ashes 2019 in England. To say that the left-handed Australian opener has had a torrid time in the Test series would be an understatement.
Warner has looked all at sea in this Ashes series as the English bowlers, primarily Stuart Broad, have had his number.
After being dismissed for another score of 0 in the 1st innings of the ongoing 4th Test at Manchester – caught behind off Stuart Broad – Warner’s tally for the series remained stuck at 79 runs from 7 innings at a horrible average of 11.28. Warner is now only the fourth opener to be out in single figures six times in an Ashes series. In fact, since Kim Hughes versus the West Indies in 1984-85, Warner is the first Australian top-six batsman to be dismissed in single figures for six times in a Test series.Embed from Getty Images
These are shocking numbers from the aggressive opener and his under-performance has hit the Australian batting unit hard. Warner, who had a very good ICC World Cup 2019 just a couple of months back, was looking forward to replicate his performance in the longer format and in the most important Test series. However, he has clearly been struggling badly.
Warner keeps poking and prodding around and doesn’t have the confidence to get going. He simply doesn’t know how to trust his instincts right now. And the issue appears to be not with his technique but with the demons inside his head. He doesn’t know which ball to leave and which one to play. And this indecision is costing him badly at present.
Former Australian wicket-keeper batsman and commentator feels that Warner isn’t watching the ball enough and is over thinking stuff.
“He’s really tentative, thinking way too much – and probably not about the right stuff. It can be detrimental even if it’s the right stuff you’re thinking,” Healy was quoted as saying.
The performance is shocking because this isn’t the first time Warner is touring England. The last time he was there – for the Ashes 2015 – Warner ended up as one of the highest scorers of the series with 418 runs in the 5 Tests at an average of 46.44 with 5 fifties.Embed from Getty Images
He has 21 Test hundreds and 3 of those have come in England. When in form, David Warner is one of the most dangerous and aggressive batsmen in the world have can change the game within a session. Currently, though, Warner is stuck in a rut. The likes of Stuart Broad are playing with his mind by angling the ball in and the moving it away, leaving the batsman confused and tentative.
This is easily the worst phase of David Warner’s career. And the man with 6442 Test runs in 78 Tests would be hurting. If only Warner could play his natural game rather than dwelling too much on his issues he could perhaps come out of this shell.
For now, Warner is likely to have only one more shot at redemption – the second innings the ongoing Test match at Manchester. If he fails there too then not only would Warner’s miserable run continue it would then be difficult for him to make a comeback anytime soon.