David Warner is a match-winner: Justin Langer
David Warner might not have upped the ante as much as Steve Smith did in the ongoing Ashes series but Australian coach Justin Langer reckons that Warner is still a ‘match-winner’.
Langer also expects Warner to play one good innings which will help the team win the fifth and final Test at the Oval. The ambitious coach is expecting that his boys would put up a candid show on the field.
Warner has been going through a rough patch currently as he has only scored 79 runs from 4 Test matches. Out of his 8 dismissals, six of them have come against England pacer Stuart Broad.
“Davey has not had a great series, there are no secrets about that. But he is also a world-class player and I have said throughout the whole series, if Davey has one good innings it will help us win the Ashes,” cricket.com.au quoted Justin Langer as saying.
“He hasn’t got the runs he wants at the moment but jeez I am looking forward to seeing it when he does, and there’s no better place in the world to bat than The Oval,” he added.
It should be noted that David Warner is playing only his first Test series after facing 12-month ban for his alleged involvement in the ball-tampering scandal against South Africa last year. He then made a return to international cricket during the World Cup, and he was in fine form as he scored 647 runs in the tournament.
However, his white-ball form is not good. He has gone past the 50-run mark just once in the series. In the recently-concluded fourth Test, Warner got out for zero in both innings of Test in international cricket, which is the first time that has ever happened to him.
“He probably has not been through this lean run before, so it is going to be a good test of his character. But he is a match-winner and he is been brilliant around the group since he’s been back (from suspension),” Langer said.