Even a right-handed David Warner would get into this Australian top six: Michael Vaughan

first_imgFormer England captain has expressed disappointment at the current state of Australian batting unit, saying even a right-handed David Warner would get into the top six.Vaughan’s comments come at a time Australia have been heavily let down by their batting unit, which has been struggling in the absence of two of its most prolific run-scorers – Warner and Steve Smith. Notably, the former captain and the vice-captain are serving out their one-year bans over the ball-tampering scandal last year.Warner had been playing in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) in order to prepare for his comeback to international cricket before an elbow injury curtailed his stint in the Twenty20 league in Bangladesh.The left-handed batsman though showcased he is ready to walk into the Australian line-up by smashing two half-centuries in four innings he played at the BPL. In his final knock before the injury, Warner batted with a right-hander’s grip and smashed 14 runs, including a huge six, off Chris Gayle’s bowling for the Sylhet Sixers.”David Warner would get in this top six batting right-handed,” Vaughan was quoted as saying by Fox Cricket.After batting with his usual left-handed stance for 32 balls, Warner took guard as a right-handed batsman, helping raise quite a few eyebrows.Warner made room for himself and lofted Gayle straight over the bowler’s head and over the ropes, sending the crowd and social media into a tizzy. Warner didn’t stop there as he paddle-swept the next ball to a boundary. He also played a reverse sweep and collected another boundary in the last ball of the 19th over.advertisementUnbelievable by Warner if it’s not working with your left hand switch to your right!!! Shot Boi!!!!Video Credit : https://t.co/WE1KrAg5a3 #BPL19 #CricketPlayedLouder pic.twitter.com/sKUCP3YjSSCPL T20 (@CPL) January 16, 2019Meanwhile, Vaughan also pointed out that Shaun Marsh remains the only certainty from the current Australia unit for their World Cup team.Despite failing to trouble the scorers much in the ongoing ODI series decider between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Marsh had been the reigning world champion’s most consistent batsman since the suspensions of Smith and Warner.Marsh has scored 655 runs, including four centuries, since 2018. He has finished the ongoing series with a total of 247 runs, including a hundred, at 74.66.”Problems for Australia. I see from this XI that played today, there’s only one absolute guarantee for that World Cup and that’s Shaun Marsh,” Vaughan added.”The other ten, Peter Handscomb has played nicely, two fifties in three games, he’s looked like he’s doing his chances lots of good. But from this XI, there’s only Shaun Marsh that is definitely on that plane to England.”Australia are in a spot of bother in the lead up to the World Cup as Steve Smith is set to undergo surgery on his injured elbow and would be in a brace for six weeks from thereon. It remains to be seen how soon Warner can recover from his latest setback.Also Read | Why David Warner is returning early from Bangladesh Premier LeagueAlso Read | Steve Smith to undergo elbow surgery as ball-tampering ban draws to a closeAlso Read | Shane Watson’s sensational BBL hundred overshadowed by Brisbane power outageAlso See:last_img


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