Former Australia cricketer Mark Waugh has been critical of David Warner who gave away his wicket, after coming back from a groin injury, early in the innings.
David Warner walks back after early dismissal on Day 1 of Sydney Test. (AP Photo)
- Mark Waugh has criticised David Warner’s loose shot selection after early dismissal
- Warner has come back from a groin injury he suffered during the ODIs
- Will Pucovski, making his Test debut for Australia, opened with Warner on Day 1
David Warner was back in the pavilion, early morning on Thursday, even before the rain gods decided to shower on the Sydney Cricket Grounds in the first session of Day 1 of the 4th Test.
Returning from a groin injury, and still not fully recovered, Warner gave away a sign that he might not be all that well after a ‘loose shot’ selection made his way to an early dismissal.
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Former Australia batsman Mark Waugh was unhappy with Warner’s disposal at playing the fuller delivery from Mohammed Siraj. Warner (5 off 8) caught and outside edge and the ball landed safely into the hands of Cheteshwar Pujara at first slip.
“That’s just a loose shot. That’s not a shot you want to be playing in the first 20 minutes of a Test match,” Mark Waugh said, according to Fox Cricket.
“You’re driving on the up, it’s not there to drive and it’s wide as well and you’re throwing your hands at it. Even if his groin was okay, he would have had to take an almighty step to get even close to that delivery. Just an impatient shot really and maybe trying to get runs on the board quickly,” he added.
Former Australia batsman Mike Hussey, too, pointed out that Warner didn’t seem to be fully recovered from his groin pull.
“He was running through, he’s certainly labouring a little bit and it’s not the David Warner we are used to seeing. He certainly is not even close to 100 per cent fit. It’s not a great sign,” Hussey had told Fox Cricket.
Warner opened the innings with debutant Will Pucovski in the Syndey Test against India, replacing Australia’s Melbourne pair of Joe Burns and Matthew Wade.