Aussie great Allan Border claims David Warner could be DROPPED for the Ashes with selectors feeling ‘the time is right’ to axe veteran opener…as star continues to struggle in the second Test against India
David Warner was dismissed for 15 in the first innings of the second Test in Delhi
Warner didn’t field after copping brutal blows to the helmet and his elbow
Australia were bowled out for 263 in Delhi, with India reaching 0-21 at stumps.
Aussie cricket great Allan Border has warned David Warner he could be axed from the Test side before the Ashes tour if his miserable form continues.
The 36-year-old batted bravely for his 15 on day one of the second Test in Delhi but was still the first wicket to fall on Friday, as Australia were bowled out for 263 in their first innings.
Warner endured a difficult, and at times, torturous 15-over stay at the crease, taking 22 balls to get off the mark, before eventually nicking a Mohammad Shami delivery to wicket-keeper Srikar Bharat.
The opener now averages 21.78 in India, having also failed with one and 10 in the Border-Gavaskar series opener as Australia were vanquished by an innings and 132 runs in Nagpur.
Warner’s record in England is similarly dismal, with the New South Welshman averaging 26.04 in 25 innings in England.
David Warner was dismissed for 15 in Australia’s first innings in the second Test in Delhi
Allan Border has warned selectors may feel like they have to drop Warner before the Ashes
And Border believes Warner’s struggles in India may accelerate a change at the top of the order.
He was under pressure entering the Australian summer but hit a stunning 200 in the Boxing Day Test to end a near three-year Test century drought to book his spot for a third red-ball tour of India.
The Australian camp have disputed various reports claiming Travis Head is a contender to replace Warner at the top of the order.
‘You’ve still got to produce, even though he’s built up a lot of coupons,’ he said on Fox Cricket on Friday.
‘All the talk would’ve been about how he copes with the spin bowlers in India. Everyone is vulnerable. You’ve always got to keep producing.
‘It’s just looking like he’s a yard behind the ball to me.
‘If you walk out in the second innings and get rolled and lose the Test match, all of a sudden the selectors think: “We might have to start planning for the future a bit more”.
‘And given his last Tour of England was a horror, they might be thinking, ‘This is the time”.’
Usman Khawaja, meanwhile, conceded Warner was a ‘bit weary’ after another scrappy innings but backed his teammate to rediscover his form.
‘[Warner] is a little bit weary at the moment,’ Khawaja, who made a brilliant 81, said of his fellow opener.
‘A knock to the arm and then to the head has made him a little bit weary at the moment.’
Warner scrapped around unconvincingly for 15 overs as he desperately looked for a big score
He copped two brutal blows on the elbow and on his helmet, which made him not available to field for Australia as India batted nine overs at the end of Day 1
The Aussie opener was dismissed by Mohammad Shami, the first of the Indian seamer’s four wickets on Friday in Delhi
Warner failed to field when India batted for nine overs before stumps reaching 21 without loss.
He will be assessed by team medical staff after suffering a blow to an elbow when he was on two and then being hit again on six when a bouncer from Mohammed Siraj slammed into his helmet.
Just like his two knocks in Nagpur, Warner appeared unsure of the best way to face India’s bowling and got stuck playing too defensively.
There have been warning signs the end is near for Warner, with the left-hander explaining he felt ‘exhausted, tired’ ahead of this blockbuster tour.
Warner has previously said he wanted to continue playing Tests until at least the end of this year’s Ashes in England – a country where he has also had trouble making runs.
Usman Khawaja made a brilliant 81 for Australia and backed Warner to find some form
Khawaja backed Warner to find form before the end of the series.
‘Three innings is not enough for me – I think there’s still a long way to go in this Test series,’ Khawaja said.
‘Dave has been such a terrific player for such a long time.
‘Every time his back is against the wall he produces something so we’ll see.’
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