As David Warner ruled out of limited over series against India, Australia seeks the best replacement opener for him in 3rd ODI.
Warner ruled out of ODI & T20 series against India
Owing to a groin injury during the second ODI match against India Warner has ruled out of the last ODI and upcoming T20 series against India.
David Warner plays a crucial role in the first two ODI matches where Australia beat India by 66 and 51 runs respectively. The aggressive opener scored 69 runs in the first ODI and 83 runs in the second ODI and laid a strong opening partnership.
Earlier Aussies skipper Aaron Finch clears that Australia would face difficulties while losing a player like Warner. Eyes were on the CA announcement for the replacement opener for David Warner.
Possible replacement for David Warner in ODI vs India
Cricket Australia announced the replacement player for Warner in the playing XI. While the alternate opening partner for Finch remains suspense.
Though many come up with individual suggestions, Aussies skipper himself points three players who have the eligibility to replace warner in the opening slot.
“We have not picked a team yet, but we have got a few options. Whether we go Wadey in the side or Marnus comes up and opens the batting, Alex Carey has done a lot of it in the past,” Cricket.com.au quoted Finch as saying.
“But the middle-order has been functioning really well over the last little while. That is the beauty of being two-nil up in the series, you can look to experiment if you want to do that or you can look to play the safe option,” he added.
But Finch conceded that Australia will be a lot weaker without Warner in the playing XI while terming him one of the better players in gentlemen’s game.
“He is an all-time great in one-day and T20 cricket, I do not think there are many better players to have played the game,” said Finch.
“So any team he is not a part of is going to be slightly weaker but we have got guys that can step and really contribute heavily in that role,” he added.