Australia may have won the third Test match in Indore, but their troubles in the top order still persist. Openers, such as David Warner, who is having a lot of trouble with the bat, must still rack up runs if they want to play in the game’s longest format.
Warner was playing in the ongoing series between India and Australia when he received a finger injury and had to leave the game in the middle to receive treatment.
The Australian media is abuzz over his decision to retire from the longest format of the game, and the most recent participant is none other than the famous captain Ricky Ponting.
Ponting said that Warner has already played 100 Test matches, he should have retired long time back, after his 100th Test match, apart from his recently concluded double century against South Africa.
The optimum time for Warner to hang up his boots in front of his home audience, according to Ponting, was after he finished his 100th Test in Melbourne.
“There is no better time than this to bid farewell to Test Cricket than in his 100th Test Match, where he scored 200 in the first innings”
When it comes to the 2019 Ashes series, Ponting continued, “Australia have to consider carefully about whether they want to open with Warner or whether they can give him an opportunity in the first match and see whether he performs or not to give him prolonged run.”
Talking about the current Border-Gavaskar Series, India is leading by 2-1 with the last match scheduled in Gujarat to decide the fate of the series.
As per reports from different media outlets, Pat Cummins will not be back to lead Australia in the final Test and decided to stay with his family to take care of his mother who is in palliatives care.
Steve Smith will assume the responsibility once again and it will be interesting to see how will win last Test match.