David Warner's career under threat after 'sad' moment against India
The Aussie veteran suffered another tough innings and his position could be under threat.
David Warner could be fighting in the second innings to save his career after being dismissed for 15 runs after struggling early against India in the second Test. Australia made a number of selection shocks again for the second Test in Delhi after being dismantled in the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar series.
Selectors reversed their decision from the first Test and selected Travis Head at the expense of Matt Renshaw, with Queensland spinner Matthew Kuhnemann also named for his Test debut in place of Scott Boland.
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And Australia got off to a good start with opener Usman Khawaja hitting three boundaries. The ball was moving around for the quicks and Warner struggled to get off the mark after surviving an LBW shout in the first over.
However, it didn't get better for the opener after he bottom edged a pull shot into his elbow from Mohammed Siraj's ball. Warner needed a break after appearing in discomfort following the blow.
Warner then top edged another bouncer into his helmet as he came under fire from Siraj's fierce bowling. The 50-partnership was brought up between Warner and Khawaja with the latter bringing up the majority of the runs.
But Warner's fortune ran out on 15 runs (off 44) when he edged a ball from Mohammed Shami to the keeper. Warner remained in for an hour but never looked at ease against the quicks.
Warner, known for his aggressive approach throughout his glittering career, was tentative and never got going. "He's upset about this. Very important Test match for Australia and him personally," the commentator said when he was dismissed.
Fans were quick to question whether Warner needed a huge innings to save his Test career when he comes into bat later in the match.
Shami is Nightmare for Warner. #INDvsAUS #BGT2023 pic.twitter.com/VXy6iuJ9Bk
— Shaharyar Ejaz 🏏 (@SharyOfficial) February 17, 2023
This is a little sad now watching Warner bat. He looks off the pace. #INDvsAUS
— Menners 🎙 (@amenners) February 17, 2023
Shami produces a jaffa. Pitched it around the fifth stump and it straightened off the surface to take the outside edge of Warner's bat. India get their first and Shami gets his reward. #INDvAUS
— Mayank (@kmayank9) February 17, 2023
There is the first wicket. Although Ashwin was looking more threatening, Shami it is with the wicket. Warner was gritty but he looked uneasy. A good start nonetheless, let's hope they build on that #INDvAUS
— Gaurav Jindal (@gj100596) February 17, 2023
Warner's career is pretty much done.
— Hassan (@Gotoxytop2) February 17, 2023
A few minutes back I was thinking Mohammad Shami is one of the unluckiest bowlers in team India because of his extra accuracy… and then comes Warner’s wicket! 🤟🏼👏🏽
He literally bowls with bowling gun’s accuracy! Like the great McGrath. ❤️#INDvsAUS #INDvAUS #BGT2023
— Kiran Khedekar (@Kiran_Khedekar) February 17, 2023
Warner has simply got to go, every fast bowler in the world knows how to get him out with that around the wicket line now #INDvAUS
— Spark (@spark_ptz) February 17, 2023
Warner might announce his test retirement in this ongoing series.#INDvsAUS
— Rachit Gupta (@bowled_him) February 17, 2023
Australia shock with selection changes for second Test
Before the Test match there was plenty of speculation on whether Head would return to the team. And selectors had a change of heart brought him straight back into the side for the second match at the expense of Matt Renshaw, with spinner Kuhnemann also named for his Test debut in place of Boland.
Head was spotted wearing his pads and inspecting the pitch in the hour before the first ball - a clear indication that he was playing. Left-arm spinner Kuhnemann has won selection and will make his Test debut as the third tweaker in Australia's XI alongside Nathan Lyon and Todd Murphy.
Pat Cummins is the only fast bowler in the side, with all-rounder Cameron Green and paceman Mitchell Starc both failing to prove their fitness amid battles with finger injuries. That means a spinner will open the bowling for Australia in a rarely-seen move for an Aussie side.
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