David Warner's start to the Australia summer of cricket has gone horribly wrong after chopping the ball on against young West Indies bowler Jayden Seales. Aussie captain Pat Cummins won the toss and elected to bat on a green pitch at Perth Stadium as they prepared prepared for the young and exciting West Indies bowling attack
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Australia have stuck with their regular XI, Josh Hazlewood returning to the side after an injury-interrupted 2021-22 followed by stints on the sideline on the sub-continent. "There might be a little bit in (the wicket), but we're going to back our batters in," Cummins said at the toss.
"Every series is big, but this has an extra carrot for us (with the Test Championship). We missed out last time, and hopefully with a few more wins we'll secure our spot."
However, it didn't take long for 21-year-old Seales to make the break through as he removed Warner's stump. Warner had just dispatched Seales to the boundary, before he reached for a wide delivery and chopped it onto his stumps.
Seales celebrated the prized wicket of the veteran as his leg stump went tumbling.
"First opening blow from the West Indies, it comes from a young man who has been so impressive so early in his Test career," commentator Adam Gilchrist said during commentary. "A false stroke from David Warner and he could only drag it into his stumps. It was a big blow."
Unfortunately, after a lean T20 World Cup and a number of low scores for the opener, critics once again questioned Warner's form.
The West Indies are debuting the son of former captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul, with 26-year-old Tagenarine to open the batting. The tourists fast-bowling attack looms as their biggest weapon, with Alzarri Joseph the spearhead and assistance likely to be on offer early.
However they have lost allrounder Raymon Reifer to a groin injury for the entirety of the series. The Perth Test marks the first of nine for Australia in the space of three months at home and in India, as they push for a spot in the World Test Championship final.
Justin Langer puts speculation to bed
Former coach Justin Langer thrust himself back into the public spotlight this week when he took aim at 'cowards' within the Australian team in an explosive podcast appearance. The former coach left his position earlier this year after only being offered a six-month extension amid reports he'd fallen foul of the players with his intense style.
In a column in the West Australian, Langer denied there had been any falling out with his former team and again rejected the notion he had been too intense as coach.
Langer had clarified several of his comments, including claiming he was not referring to players when he said those who leaked to media were "cowards".
While rumours remained over his relationship with the palyers, the speculation appeared to be put to bed on Wednesday as Langer shook hands and hugged a number of the Aussie players, including captain Pat Cummins and veteran stars Steve Smith and David Warner.
"I love Australian cricket," Langer later said on Channel 7. "I love being back and seeing the boys. I haven’t seen them for nine months."
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