Aayush Mahajan ∙ Mar 22 2023, 6:30 PM

David Warner Bats Out of Opening Position For Only Second Time in His ODI Career 

image-lfjycs2pDavid Warner did not open for Australia in the third ODI of the ongoing series vs India (Source: Twitter)

In a rare occurrence, Australia batter David Warner did not don the opener's role for his team in the ongoing third ODI of the series against India.

Warner, who made his comeback after an elbow injury, was demoted to no.4 as Australia stuck with the opening pair of Mitchell Marsh and Travis Head.

This marks only the second time in Warner's 142-long ODI career where he is not opening the batting for the national side. The other incident being the 2015 World Cup match versus Scotland in which the 36-year-old came out to bat at no.5 and scored a 6-ball 21.

With Head and Marsh making up a fiery opening combination and also enjoying success in a 10-wicket win against India in the previous ODI, uncertainty loomed large over Warner's future. However, he was given a chance in place of "unwell" Cameron Green.

Batting out of his usual position, the southpaw could only manage 23 runs off 31 balls as his dismissal pushed Australia to 125/4 in 24.3 overs.

The visitors are currently at 130/4 in the 27th over with Marnus Labuschagne and Alex Carey batting at 22 and three runs respectively.