Steve Smith and David Warner have been involved in two brutal moments against India as Australia lost their fifth one-day international in a row ahead of the Cricket World Cup. India set a record-breaking 5-399, before Australia slumped to a humiliating 99-run loss at Indore having been set a revised total of 317 from 33 overs after rain delayed play for 70 minutes.
A late power-hitting rally from Sean Abbott spared some blushes before Australia were bowled out for 217 in 28.2. There will be plenty of questions asked over Australia following their fifth consecutive white-ball defeat with Smith and Warner involved in two brutal incidents.
'SHAMBOLIC': David Warner in brutal scenes amid Aussie collapse
Smith came back into the team after the South African series and was given the captaincy with Pat Cummins rested. However, the mercurial batter suffered a golden duck after a horror shot. Having come on after Mitchell Marsh slashed at a delivery that was caught at deep third-man, Smith played a near identical shot.
And Prasidh Krishna was on a hat-trick after Smith edged it to second slip to leave Australia toiling at 2-9. Warner steadied the ship as he stuck around to pass a half-century, but his dismissal was one of the most bizarre cricket moments in recent years.
The left-handed opener came up against Ravi Ashwin and opted to switch stance and bat right-handed. At one stage, Pat Cummins and the Australia dugout could be seen laughing as he hit a four right-handed.
But in baffling scenes, Warner attempted a switch-hit - going back to left-handed - during a delivery as the ball hit his pads right in front of the stumps. Warner consulted with batting partner Josh Inglis and opted not to review the decision.
But to make matters worse, replays showed Warner had bottom edged the ball into his pads. Sending the dismissal upstairs would have saved Warner, who had just passed Allan Border on the list to become the Australian with the third most international runs.
The cricket world couldn't quite believe Warner's bizarre dismissal with many questioning whether he will employ the tactic of batting right-handed to offspinners throughout the World Cup next month.
Outrageous as it gets
— AJMAL SAMI (@ajmalsamilife) September 24, 2023
— CrowdVerdict (@CrowdVerdict) September 24, 2023
— 𝗚𝘂𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗿❄️ (@GunRoaster) September 24, 2023
Yes, you are seeing David Warner - The right-hand batter😅
Captain Pat Cummins loves it!
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— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) September 24, 2023
WHAT DID DAVID WARNER DO? IT WAS AN INSIDE EDGE!
Warner did not even review, he was not out! Ashwin got the wicket, but it was not out. What a bad decision by the umpire too 🤦🏽♂️ #INDvsAUS pic.twitter.com/zcyzUXYrEW
— Farid Khan (@_FaridKhan) September 24, 2023
David Warner smashed a four batting right-handed against Ravi Ashwin.
The whole Australian dugout was having a laugh! pic.twitter.com/GeHjBWG0ti
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 24, 2023
Australia struggle ahead of India World Cup
Australia's tail wagged with a thrilling 77-run ninth-wicket stand between Abbott (54) and Josh Hazlewood (23), who both notched career-highs. "It was a difficult batting wicket in the end," Abbott said. "Facing their spinners, they were ragging it both ways.
"Ashwin and (Ravindra) Jadeja on that wicket, especially Ashwin ... tremendous skills spinning it both ways as a finger spinner. He asked me if I was picking them and I said 'no chance mate'."
In a worrying sign, India's spin bowlers ripped through the Australian line-up in what first appeared to be a flat wicket to bat on. Ashwin (3-41) and Ravi Jadeja (3-42) were able to extract significant turn on a surface which looked benign earlier when Indian pair Shreyas Iyer (105) and Shubman Gill (104) put on 200 for the second wicket after being sent in.
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