Vishal Mehra ∙ Mar 2 2023, 6:45 AM

Warner Should Have Already Retired: 'Bold Statement' from Ricky Ponting

image-leqooy46Ponting questions Warner's place in Test side [AP Photos]

David Warner, currently in the twilight of his Test career, could be axed for Australia's upcoming England tour, fears former captain Ricky Ponting. Warner, 36, who left the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2023 mid-way through after an injury forced the opener out, has been facing a torrid run with the bat lately.

Leaving aside his magnificent 200 against South Africa in Melbourne last December, Warner managed just two fifty+ scores in Tests for Australia in his last 20 innings.  Warner in his last England tour averaged just 9.5 runs in The Ashes 2019, where he became Stuart Broad's bunny. 

Ponting, speaking to FOX Sports, said that Warner should have called it a day in the Sydney Test itself, and with his failure in the BGT, his name is on top of everyone's to-be-dropped list. 

Here's what Ponting said

“It’s up to him though. The only currency you have as a batsman is runs and if you’re not scoring any you leave yourself open. It’s happened to all of us, it happened to me. When you get to a certain age and it looks like your form is dropping off slightly, then the knives are sharpened and it doesn’t take long.

For him to finish the way he deserves to finish, the obvious thing for me was maybe to pull the pin after Sydney. He got 200 in Melbourne, played his 100th Test, played his 101 Test in Sydney, his home ground and maybe finish there,"

Ponting, who will coach Warner in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with Delhi Capitals, further stated that the World Test Championship Final could be southpaw's last outing wearing the Baggy Green.