David Warner blasted after 'shock' act in dire T20 World Cup display

David Warner (pictured right) frustrated walking off and (pictured left) Warner being bowled.
David Warner (pictured right) has been slammed after his dismissal against Afghanistan at the T20 World Cup. (Images: Fox Sports/Getty Images)

David Warner has been slammed after a bizarre dismissal that saw him clean bowled in Australia's vital win over Afghanistan in the T20 World Cup.

A late cameo from Glenn Maxwell helped Australia put up a decent total to defeat Afghanistan by just four runs in Adelaide on Friday night, making 8-168 and holding the visitors to 7-164.

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But the narrow margin was not enough for Australia to overtake England's net run rate.

Australia let the game slip away from them as a late Rashid Khan cameo helped Afghanistan fall just short of the Aussie total.

However, Australia could have piled on more runs if it wasn't for some poor batting.

Warner looked like his was on track for his first big score of the World Cup after reaching 25 off 18 balls.

However, in a moment of madness, Warner switched to right-handed as he attempted to play a delivery against Naveen-ul-Haq.

Warner missed the delivery and was clean bowled, leaving his average for the tournament at just 11 with Australia facing elimination.

BBC commentator Alex Hartley called out Warner's shot as a backyard cricket move.

"He's played a cover drive like a four-year-old would in the back garden," he said.

The cricket world was similarly critical of the bizarre move in an important moment of the match.

The Barmy Army didn't waste time taking a dig with Australia facing elimination before the knockout stage.

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But Warner's dismissal wasn't the only bizarre moment in the match.

An extra ball was counted on the scoreboard when Warner and Mitchell Marsh ran an overthrow on the fourth delivery.

The broadcast showed Australia ran two, then it awarded delivery three runs for delivery five (but a ball hadn't been bowled).

Rashid Khan (pictured middle) and (pictured left) David Warner embrace after the game.
Rashid Khan (pictured middle) after his brilliant efforts against (pictured left) David Warner and the Australians. (Photo by Sarah Reed/Getty Images)

The score was later corrected, but the over was still called after five deliveries.

With Australia's hopes relying on net run rate, only also only winning by four runs, every single delivery was vital for the defending champions' chances of progressing to the knockout stages.

The Australians needed to bowl the Afghans out for 106 or less to overtake England on net run rate.

New Zealand (seven points, net run rate 2.113) top the group with Australia (seven points, minus 0.173) now second.

An England triumph will also lift them to seven points but they already boast a net run rate of 0.547.

with AAP

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