“It’s happened to all of us”: Ricky Ponting’s ‘sad’ prediction for David Warner
David Warner during the second India-Australia Test series© BCCI
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting fears struggling David Warner is at risk of being ruled out of the Ashes series and his Test career could end in tragedy after a prolonged drought with the bat. Ponting feels Warner will struggle to find a place in the touring Ashes squad and his Test career may not end on his own terms. Warner had a difficult tour of India, scoring 1, 10 and 15 in three innings before returning home with a fractured elbow. The left-handed batsman has struggled in the last England tour in 2019 averaging just 9.5. “I’ve heard him talking about his cycle. This current cycle will end after the World Test Championship, which is obviously a week before the first Ashes Test and I think everything is going well.” They want to get David by the end.” At least of that Test match,” Ponting was quoted as saying by RSN Cricket.
“It’s up to him though. The only currency you have as a batsman is runs and if you’re not scoring any, you leave yourself wide open.
“It’s happened to all of us, it’s happened to me. When you reach a certain age and your form seems to be dropping a bit, the knives get sharper and it takes more time,” he said. guess not.”
Ponting feels Warner should have stepped down after scoring a double hundred in the Boxing Day Test against South Africa in Melbourne last summer, which was also his 100th match, or after the next match at his home ground in Sydney.
“For him to finish the way he deserves to finish, the obvious thing for me was probably to pull the pin after Sydney. He scored 200 in Melbourne, played his 100th Test, played his 101st Test in Sydney, Which was on his home ground and probably got over there,” he said.
“The last thing he deserved was to be out on a tour and to come in the middle of a series and be out and his career be over. It would be a terrible way for him to end it.”
“He’s a driven little guy, a very stubborn little rascal, so we’ll see how he goes.”
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