Talismanic Australian opener David Warner made a return to Australia’s playing XI at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Thursday, January 7. However, the cricketer’s much-awaited return to the crease lasted just eight deliveries as a loose shot by him gifted Indian speedster Mohammed Siraj his first wicket of the match. With his batting blunder, Warner also registered a rare failure in home Tests after a gap of more than three years.
David Warner appears set to return to the top of Australia's Test batting order even though he will be playing through pain, and he might be partnered by uncapped opener Will Pucovski, reports @ARamseyCricket #AUSvIND https://t.co/MrYVyc33mK pic.twitter.com/mppago52Nv— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 5, 2021
Australian captain Tim Paine won the toss and opted to bat first. David Warner, opening alongside debutant Will Pucovski, scored just five runs in total as he succumbed to India’s opening pace duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj. The opening batsman nicked a fuller Siraj delivery to Cheteshwar Pujara at first skip.
Through his early dismissal, David Warner departed for a single-digit score in a home Test for the first time since November 2016. His 2016 failure came against South Africa at Hobart when he was dismissed for just 1 by Proteas speedster Vernon Philander. Between his two single-digit scores, Warner played out 24 innings.
The last time before today when David Warner got a single digit score at home in Tests was against South Africa at Hobart in 2016. He played 24 innings between two knocks.#AUSvIND— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) January 7, 2021
At the time of publishing, Australia reached 125-2 after 39 overs. After Warner’s departure, debutant Will Pucovski formed a 100-run second-wicket stand with Marnus Labuschagne. Pucovski scored 62 runs before handing rival debutant Navdeep Saini his maiden Test wicket while Labuschagne was joined by Test maverick Steve Smith at the other end.
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