Australian batter David Warner has claimed that he will not engage in a verbal brawl with his English opponents ahead of the Ashes series. The experienced opener is known for his capacity to incite controversy with his statements, and he recently commented on Stuart Broad’s allegations that the 2021-22 Ashes will be “null and void” owing to COVID-19 restrictions.
Warner begins what is likely to be his final visit to England with the one-off ICC World Test Championship Final against India at The Oval, followed by the long-awaited battle for the Ashes in a five-match series.
Warner has a lengthy history with England, which is especially evident in his 2019 Ashes performance. Warner was not well received in England after his one-year suspension for his involvement in the ball-tampering controversy ended. After only managing 95 runs in 10 innings and being frequently removed by Broad, he had a miserable series. Warner anticipates that, like contemporary cricket, the Ashes will be played in good spirits.
“It just sells papers and clickbait, so I won’t be getting involved in any of that stuff. I will leave it to myself. Today there is no real banter in the field. It is just about playing quality cricket and trying to get the upper edge on each other. It is a lot more connected these days than before which I think is great for the game,” David Warner said.
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David Warner’s first stop before the Ashes will be a one-off Test against India, which will determine which team wins their first World Test Championship title following New Zealand’s success in the first WTC Final in 2021.
“You never write off a great player”- Usman Khawaja on David Warner
David Warner was ruled out of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy following the second Test due to injury. David Warner returned to play in the ODI series as well as the succeeding Indian Premier League (IPL) season, leading the Delhi Capitals (DC) to ninth place in the points standings. Khawaja, another opening hitter, believes the veteran is on the mend.
“I have seen him bat in the last couple of days and, I don’t want to jinx him, but he is looking good. This is probably the best I have seen him look in the nets for a while. That doesn’t always correlate to runs, but if we are any chance of Davey scoring runs this could be it. He always plays his best when his back is against the wall too. You never write off a great player, so I am expecting runs,” Khawaja said.
The World Test Championship (WTC) final versus India will kick off Australia’s red-ball season on June 7 at The Oval.