Bishal Mandal ∙ Updated: May 25 2023, 4:25 PM | 2 Min Read

'He's On The Plane...,' Australian Coach Delivers Strong Words for David Warner

image-li1hbkucDavid Warner celebrating his century (Source: Twitter

Australia's coach, Andrew McDonald, exudes unwavering confidence in the seasoned opener, David Warner, as they gear up for the highly anticipated ICC World Test Championship final against India and the impending Ashes series against England. McDonald firmly believes that Warner possesses the potential to make a significant impact in both these prestigious cricketing events.

Despite being named in Australia's squad for the World Test Championship final and the first two Ashes Tests, David Warner's place in the team seemed uncertain as selection chief George Bailey refrained from providing a definitive answer regarding the opener's participation in the latter matches.

Warner's performance in English conditions has been lackluster in recent times, as evidenced by his meager tally of 95 runs at an average of 9.50 across five Tests during Australia's previous Ashes series on foreign soil.

But it's the coach McDonald who has been constantly supporting the experienced attacking left-hander batter and is very confident that Warner can prove to be a great contributor across the six-Test schedule that includes the World Test Championship final and Ashes series.

“We're optimistic with what Dave's got left. We've picked him in the squad, and we feel that he's going to play a really significant part in the Ashes and the World Test Championship Final and that's why he's on the plane. We think he's got some good games left in him." 

The upcoming schedule for the Australian team is:

  1. World Test Championship Final:  June 7 Wednesday - June 11 Sunday, The Oval
  2. Ashes First Test: June 16 Friday to June 20 Tuesday, Edgbaston
  3. Second Test: June 28 Wednesday to July 2 Sunday, Lord's
  4. Third Test: July 6 Thursday to July 10 Monday, Headingley
  5. Fourth Test: July 19 Wednesday to July 23 Sunday, Old Trafford
  6. Fifth Test: July 27 to July 31 Monday, The Oval