New Zealand Herald – David Warner is still a month away from returning to international action — fitness pending — but the debate about his role in the Australian team is already a hot topic.

Summary

  • While most would expect Warner to resume his place at the top of the order, former England skipper Michael Vaughan reckons the left-hander might be better suited to a middle order role so he doesn’t have to face the Duke ball, which swings more than the Kookaburra used in Australia.
  • Warner batted in the middle order for one test in England in 2013 when he came back into the team after initially being left out for punching Joe Root in a bar, but he has carved out a sensational career as a specialist opener, averaging 48.
  • “Warner can virtually win you a test match in the first two hours of a game — why are you going to put him down in the middle order if he can do that?
  • There were reports of tension between Warner and his teammates during the ball tampering scandal and veteran cricket journalist Robert Craddock believes how he reintegrates into the team will go a long way towards determining Australia’s on-field fortunes in England.
  • While expected to be a shootout between Harris and Burns for who partners Warner in the Ashes, Bancroft reminded selectors what he’s capable of in a stellar return to Sheffield Shield action for Western Australia this week.


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