David Warner will have a big Ashes: Andrew McDonald | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Australia optimistic about David Warner’s performance in upcoming Ashes series and supported it to deliver on top of the order.
As Warner had a tough tour of India, selectors had initially been uncertain about his place in the Ashes squad.
However, head coach Andrew McDonald provided a strong endorsement from Warner, expressing confidence in his abilities. This suggests that the Australian team believe Warner will be a key player in their campaign against England in the Ashes series.
“We’re optimistic about what Dave is left with, we’ve picked him into the team and we think he’ll play a really big role in the Ashes and the World Trials Championship“, McDonald told Australian radio station SEN in Melbourne.
Australia coaches have included David Warner in the squad for the upcoming World Test Championship (WTC) final against India and the first two Ashes Tests.
However, they also called Marcus Harris and Matt Renshaw, indicating that they are keeping their options open for the opening batting position. This suggests that there may still be some competition for top-notch slots, and the final decision on who will partner with Warner at the top of the batting order will depend on team management’s assessment. form and performance of players leading to matches.
“He’s an important part of this team, and if he wasn’t, we would have had a clear checkpoint after the WTC entered the Ashes,” McDonald added.
“He’s not, we’ve picked our team for the first two Ashes Tests as well, so he’s clearly in our plans and ready to go.”
Aside from a challenging 200 against South Africa in December, Warner struggled for points in recent Tests, netting a total of 26 in three sets on the recent tour of India before returning home injured.
Warner had a disastrous run in England on the Ashes’ last tour, averaging 9.50, the worst ever by a first game to play 10 innings in a run, with point guard Stuart Broad taking his wicket seven times.
Warner had a better time in 2015, scoring 418 carries at an average of 46.44.
Warner finished the Indian Premier League for the Delhi Capitals with 516 runs at an average of 36.86, down from his career average of 41.54.
“He’s in good spirits,” McDonald said.
“I spoke to him just yesterday, and he’s ready to go. He’s really excited to be back in camp.”
The Ashes series begins June 16 at Edgbaston. Australia hold the ballot box after winning the 2021-22 series 4-0 at home.
(With contributions from agencies)


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