AAP Australian Sports – David Warner has given a timely reminder of his talent with a grade-cricket ton but the race to open the batting for Australia at both the World Cup and Ashes is now wide open.

Summary

  • David Warner has given a timely reminder of his talent with a grade-cricket ton but the race to open the batting for Australia at both the World Cup and Ashes is now wide open.
  • That may still be the case but Usman Khawaja has ensured that life won’t be easy for coach Justin Langer and selectors as they mull Australia’s best XI for the Cup opener on June 1.
  • Khawaja has emerged as the form batsman on Australia’s current limited-overs tour of India.
  • Aaron Finch, who put on a 193-run opening stand with Khawaja in Ranchi, declared at the start of the tour that anything is possible when asked about Australia’s top order for the World Cup.
  • Warner, Khawaja, Marcus Harris, Cameron Bancroft, Joe Burns and Matthew Renshaw are among the contenders, with the final few rounds of the Sheffield Shield plus an Australia A tour set to help settle that selection showdown.

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