T20 WC: Warner is a certainty in Aussie XI, feels Ponting

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | June 05, 2024 IST

David Warner

New Delhi, June 5: David Warner is a seasoned master. He can win a match single-handedly when he gets going. Warner is a big match star. He has been an integral part of Australian team in several multi-nation ICC finals including World Cups.

Perhaps that is the reason why almost all cricket experts feel that he should be a certainty in Australia's playing XI in the ongoing ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024.

As the Australian opener Warner is set to draw curtains to his international career after the ongoing T20 World Cup, former captain Ricky Ponting hailed the veteran batter as a 'natural winner' and said he will be missed for more than just the runs he scores after the 37-year-old retires. 

Warner, who already bid farewell to ODI and Test cricket, earlier this year, confirmed that the T20 World Cup 2024 will mark the culmination of his illustrious career.

 His final ODI appearance was in a World Cup victory against India in 2023, while his Test career concluded with an impressive home series against Pakistan, highlighted by a century and a half-century.

Warner's stage-by-stage retirement from national duty will be complete when Australia's T20 World Cup campaign ends.

"He's the sort of character you want to have around your team, especially in big tournaments like World Cups. And he's just one of those natural winners. Everything he does, he wants to win. You can see that with his attitude in the field and the way he goes about his cricket.

"So there's more than just the runs that we'll be missing when Warner finally is gone. But hopefully the depth of Australian cricket is good enough to find someone to come in and fill that void," Ponting told ESPNcricinfo. Warner came into the World Cup on the back of an injury-hit IPL for Delhi Capitals, where Ponting was the head coach, The Franchise saw a blistering form of youngster Jake Fraser-McGurk, who turned selectors' heads in a discussion of finalising a T20 World squad and was named as one of the travelling reserves.

Speaking on Warner's replacement, Ponting expressed faith in Fraser-McGurk's ability to slot in at the top of the order. "It's going to be a really big set of shoes to fill, there's no doubt about that. They have got a lot of depth there. I'd be very surprised if he [Fraser-McGurk] doesn't go straight into the T20 team when David's finally done.

"And for that matter, we saw Jake debut for Australia in the one-day stuff in the last Australian summer. I was lucky enough to coach him at the Delhi Capitals this year as well. He's got extreme talent."

If Australia emerged victorious in the T20 spectacle to hold trophies in all three formats at the same time, Warner could be one of just four players - alongside Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Travis Head - to have played in all three finals.

Australians hate to lose. Once they are at the knockout stages of a big tournament, they are hard to beat. 

Realising that veteran Warner would love to sign off from his illustrious T20 career, with a World Cup win. He already has done the same in 2023, when Australia won the ODI World Cup 2023 trophy in Ahmedabad beating India in the final. (With IANS support)

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