Hey Aussies, bring your David back

...because the 'Goliath' in England you face only he can slay.


Unless Jimmy Anderson bobs up in the Zimbabwe side, Warner scoring runs won't count for anything - Allan Border

Cricket Australia's decision to send the wayward left-hander on an African safari (to get some time in the middle) defied logic/belief beyond imagination. [Warner was suspended and then sacked from the team for punching England's Joe Root in a Birmingham pub before the first Ashes Test.]

If the management wanted him to get some time in the middle, Warner should have stayed back in England and faced the likes of James Anyon, Monty Panesar and Steve Magoffin in their practice match against Sussex. Or for that matter, even the Australian pacemen in the nets, but in England. However, Darren Lehmann and co felt Warner's cause would be better served facing Kyle Abbott, Beuran Hendricks, Kyle Jarvis and others during Australia A's tour of Africa - conditions that are vast different from those on offer in England.

And the 26-year-old proved them right by hammering 193 for Australia A against their South African counterparts after failing against Zimbabwe Select XI in their first tour game.

This is exactly why former Australia captain Allan Border was left bemused at the decision to send Warner to Africa. "The standard of bowling he will face in Africa and the conditions will be chalk and cheese to the challenges that await him in England," Border said earlier. Well, that's a moot point now, is it not?

The Australian team, trailing 2-0 in the five-match series, could do with a character like Warner but not at No.6. Batsmen like Warner and Virender Sehwag, if they are in the playing XI, should only open the innings.

Players like Warner, Kevin Petersen or Virat Kohli can/may not steer away from controversy but they play with heart where it matters - on the field. They give their 101 per cent on the field and yearn for more whether they are batting, bowling or fielding. When he puts his mind to it, Warner is a very scary proposition. His technique, hand-eye coordination and reflexes [not temperament] is far better than Cricket Australia gives him credit for.

The experiment with Phillip Hughes at No.6 has failed. He is a kind of batsman who will get you runs [grind out an ugly innings if needed] on perfect wickets but against the likes of Graeme Swann he is just a sitting duck. So, if you can't have Warner opening for you [for some god-forsaken reasons], he is then best utilised at No.3 but definitely not five down, where Lehmann intends to use him.

Warner, however won't mind batting even at No.7 as long as he gets to play, now.

Warner's potent innings at Pretoria will definitely put pressure on Chris Rogers, Phil Hughes and Steven Smith to score some runs in the tour match against Sussex at Hove after three successive failures each.

He can't return former Australia coach Mickey Arthur back his job but can only try to force his way back for the third Test at Old Trafford and earn back the respect of the dressing room - who supported him through his off-field dramas. And with the current top-order struggling woefully against the likes of Jimmy Anderson and Swann, the 'daddy' hundred places Davey right back in contention for an Ashes place.

Warner might just be the positive news on the batting front after persistent top-order and middle-order collapses in the series. Australia's highest score in the ongoing Ashes series so far is the 98 that No.11 Ashton Agar made on debut at Trent Bridge. Nuff said!

The third Test starts at Manchester next week and Warner should come in either at one-drop or as an opening batsman after impressing at No.4 in Pretoria. Since making his debut in 2011, the pocket dynamo has played Test matches against New Zealand, India, West Indies, South Africa and Sri Lanka. He is yet to get a game against England, maybe that's all Australia need to get out of the pits.

Australia has only once bounced back from a two-nil deficit to win a five-Test Ashes series - in 1936-7 when one Donald Bradman plundered 810 runs in the series. Can they do it again?


Note: It was not long time ago when James Sutherland and co earmarked David as a possible future captain. Then was the time when Cricket Australia could do no wrong. Right now, they are in shambles. From homework-gate to Twitter rants to Mickey Arthur's ugly departure - things couldn't have gone more wrong for the cricket board in the past year. Don Argus saw it coming when he presented his report into the state of Australian cricket in 2011.


[TAG:CYCSPL]

Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

Duminy steals first win for Delhi

Duminy steals first win for Delhi

Furious fifties by Duminy and Dinesh Karthik end a long losing streak for the Daredevils. More »

AB, Parthiv seal Bangalore's second win

AB, Parthiv seal Bangalore's second win

Royal Challengers overcame a stutter to cruise to the small target they were set by Mumbai Indians. More »

Glenn Maxwell carves his parallel universe

Glenn Maxwell carves his parallel universe

Glenn Maxwell seems to project an icy disdain when at the crease. Match situations rarely faze him and the bubble in which he plays excludes everyone … More »

Srinivasan can attend BCCI meeting

Srinivasan can attend BCCI meeting

His status as president of TNCA makes him eligible to attend the Working Committee meeting on Sunday. More »

No way back for Pietersen: ECB

No way back for Pietersen: ECB

Kevin Pietersen's hopes of reviving his international career appeared to end Saturday when ECB managing director Paul Downton said there was 'no way back'… More »

[REWIND] The world record that nearly wasn't

[REWIND] The world record that nearly wasn't

Twenty years ago this week, Brian Lara became Test cricket's highest scorer, but he almost didn't make it. More »

Moores gets second stint as England coach

Moores gets second stint as England coach

In a two-year spell from 2007 to 2009, the 51-year-old Moores led England in seven Test series. More »

Bangladesh senior players to see shrink

Bangladesh senior players to see shrink

Bangladesh's senior players will have three sessions with a psychological skill development coach later this month More »

BCCI is not anybody’s property — Dalmiya

BCCI is not anybody’s property — Dalmiya

Dalmiya feels that Srinivasan’s ‘power hungry’ attitude isn’t helping matters. More »

KP ridicules idea of day-night Tests

KP ridicules idea of day-night Tests

Kevin Pietersen has ridiculed the idea of day-night Test cricket, saying the game would be so different to proper Test cricket that we will need a whole… More »

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

The bowlers restricted Hyderabad to 133 for 6 before Rahane and Binny took Rajasthan over the line. More »

Tough for bowlers: Saeed Ajmal

Tough for bowlers: Saeed Ajmal

The 36-year-old believes the T20 format and rule changes in 50-over matches have made a real difference. More »

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

The Kings XI batsman blasted a 43-ball 95 to help his team pull off a massive chase against Chennai Super Kings. More »

BCCI members want independent probe

BCCI members want independent probe

The board members are realising after the Supreme Court's observations that something has to be done — IS Bindra More »

'BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srini'

'BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srini'

Two former BCCI presidents, Shashank Manohar and Jagmohan Dalmiya, have reacted strongly to the news of the BCCI calling an emergent meeting on Sunday… More »

Delhi look for first points against confident Kolkata

Delhi look for first points against confident Kolkata

Preview — The threat of Sunil Narine looms large again. More »

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Preview — Given the firepower in both line-ups, Dubai crowd may see another high-scorer More »

Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj Singh was hardly convincing to begin with against Delhi, but a big dose of crowd support and a helping of poor bowling meant he had the opportunity… More »

Stressed Trott stands down again

Stressed Trott stands down again

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday confirmed that batsman Jonathan Trott is to take another break from all cricket with immediate eff… More »

PCB starts another coach hunt

PCB starts another coach hunt

The PCB has decided to not extend the contracts of head coach Moin Khan, fielding coach Shoaib Mohammad and batting consultant Zaheer Abbas, and has invited… More »

Fiery star Stokes bids to curb his temper

Fiery star Stokes bids to curb his temper

England all-rounder Ben Stokes admits he must keep his anger under control if he is to end his international exile. More »

Bangalore's arsenal blazes to victory

Bangalore's arsenal blazes to victory

Yuvraj Singh was back to his best in his first match for Royal Challengers Bangalore. More »

Pakistan cricketers face probe

Pakistan cricketers face probe

Pakistani cricket authorities have launched an investigation after a number of current international stars played in exhibition matches in the United States… More »

BCCI to meet before next court hearing

BCCI to meet before next court hearing

The BCCI will hold an emergent working committee meeting on April 20 to discuss the future course of action with regard to the Supreme Court hearing concerning… More »