Australian head coach Andrew McDonald has refuted rumours of Australian batter David Warner’s plans to retire from Test cricket in the near future.
Last month Warner had given a statement that his Test career would not last more than 12 months. His statement came following a disappointing performance during the 2-0 whitewash of the West Indies. His performance has raised a lot of questions about his effectiveness in red-ball cricket ahead of Australia’s series against South Africa.
Warner has not scored a century in Test cricket in the last three years. The southpaw last recorded a Test century in 2020 and has aggregated just 625 runs in 25 Test innings since then. His current average is 46.04.
However, coach Andrew McDonald has stated that the 36-year-old’s appetite for the red-ball game is still alive.
“He’s eager to continue on at this stage. He has not hinted [at] anything else. His appetite for the work – in and around training – is still there. He’s busy at the crease, and you’ve seen signs that he is going well,” Andrew McDonald said ahead of the Test series against South Africa.
“He’s just found different ways to get out, and sometimes that can happen. We are building towards a World Test Championship [final], and he wants to be part of that. So that’s a clear focus for us, and we’ve got South Africa as a part of that. And then on to India.”
David Warner to be part of series against India
It will be Australia’s first Test series against South Africa since the 2018 Newlands ball-tampering scandal. He was one of the three players suspended for the ‘Sandpaper-gate’ incident and received a lifetime ban from taking on leadership roles. These off-field distractions have also been connected to his dismal performances.
Coach Andrew said that Warner is not going to be deterred by the controversy anymore and is also in contention for the Test series against India following the series with South Africa.
“We’ll see what happens in the next three Test matches. But at this stage, he’s firmly in our thoughts for India. He’s great at compartmentalizing, [and] separating the off-field from the on-field. And I think most of the great champions do that very well. I sense this situation is not different,” the Australian head coach added.