'Take a Look at Someone Else..'- Jason Gillespie Demands Legendary Batter's Exclusion From 4th Ashes Test
David Warner has struggled in Ashes 2023 [Twitter]
Former Australian pacer, Jason Gillespie has shed light on the current composition of the Aussie team in the ongoing Ashes 2023.
Jason Gillespie advocates for young talent amid Warner's slump
The veteran bowler has opined that Australia might need to consider dropping experienced batsman David Warner if they win the third Ashes 2023 Test at Headingley and eventually the series. The dynamic opener has been struggling with the bat, with only a single half-century to his name across three Tests.
In his regular column for the Daily Mail, Gillespie shared his views, pondering over the tough decision the Australian team might have to take. He suggested that if Australia clinches the series by coming out on top in the ongoing Test, it might be an ideal situation to inject some fresh blood into the squad.
According to him, bringing in the young talent Matt Renshaw could be a wise decision, rather than tinkering with the existing batting line-up.
"Personally, I am a bit torn over what Australia should do. Part of me thinks they should maybe make a change if Australia seal the series by winning this Test. That way, they are moving forward and they get to take a look at someone else. For me, that would mean Matt Renshaw coming in, rather than reshuffling the order,” said Gillespie.
The former pacer didn't shy away from discussing Warner's impending retirement from Test cricket. The seasoned batsman had expressed his desire to bid adieu to the longest format of the game after the Sydney Test against Pakistan scheduled for January. However, Gillespie isn't entirely convinced that Warner's plan will pan out as desired.
The 48-year-old hinted at the harsh reality of cricket, where performance is king, suggesting that while Warner's contributions to Australian cricket cannot be undermined, the lack of runs recently could become a concern.
He noted that as a cricketer, your performance, especially runs, becomes your value, and regardless of how big a player might be, a dip in performance can dry up the goodwill rapidly.
"Dave has laid out his ideal plan to retire from Test cricket after the Sydney Test against Pakistan in January. But I would be surprised if he makes that. Runs are your currency and, while Dave has got a lot of credit in the bank and is one of the best players Australia has had when you don’t perform over a period of time, those credits dry up,” added the Sydney born cricketer.
Warner has had a torrid run in the Ashes 2023, managing only 141 runs across six innings at a modest average of 23.50.