Australian opener David Warner astonished cricket fraternity with his beastly knock of unbeaten 335 against Pakistan at his own den. He overshadowed all other cricket series in world cricket by this mesmerising and brutal knock.
After the Sandpaper Gate, life was not the same for former Australian skipper Steven Smith and Warner, even then they didn’t lose hope to fight back. Even though Smith was the skipper, much of blame of infamous ball-tampering at Newlands came to Warner. Even it was claimed by many sources that plan of ball tampering was originally devised by Warner. Warner has an image of a brash lad in the mould of Australia team of former skipper Ricky Ponting. That image didn’t help Warner either. Australia team always has an image of sledgers and cheaters for a long time. Monkey-gate in 2008 is still in the head of many Indian cricket fans. Australia Cricket Board (ACB) stripped his vice-captaincy after ball-tampering incident with one year ban.
David Warner followed Steve Smith
David Warner is always a fine test player. After coming back, he had a horrible outing in Ashes series which was revolutionized by exploits from Steven Smith. He could score only 95 runs from 5 tests in Ashes 2019 with a terrible average of 9.50. He is on the sixth spot on the all-time list of lowest averages in five-match test series. Out of 95 runs 61 runs scored in single innings by Warner. Stuart Broad was his premier nemesis, bagging his wicket seven out of 10 innings. Warner is known for his problems against the moving ball. He averaged only 26.04 in England and 13 in New Zealand. In these countries, the red ball swings more.
However, as it was the first test series of Warner after ban due to infamous Sandpaper Gate and considering stature of Ashes series, his future in Australian team looks feeble after this disaster outing. With so many questions to answer, Warner played few devastating innings in T20I series against Sri Lanka. However, his earth-shattering 335 not out against Pakistan at Adelaide Oval turned heads of cricket pundits and fans. This can be a career-defining inning for Warner. Even he could have tried to break the record of the highest score in Test cricket currently holds by mythical Brain Lara but team’s interest forced skipper Tim Paine to declare the inning. He plundered two centuries to amass 489 runs in only two tests. He averaged unprecedented 489 in this series against Pakistan. Only Hashim Amla and Wally Hammond had scored more runs than Warner in two-match test series.
With this stunning performance, Warner will feel at ease as he lifted monkey on his back. Sword of eviction on his neck has silenced for some time now. With the brilliance of Steven Smith, the success of Warner in future tours will be a massive boost for team kangaroo and this can be the turning point in his career.