Australia batter Steve Smith on Wednesday backed under-fire David Warner to seek out Take a look at type, saying the opener tends of doing nicely when his “again’s up in opposition to the wall”.
Warner has been struggling within the longest format of the sport. His final Take a look at century got here virtually three years in the past.
The opener may handle solely three runs, which included a golden duck, within the first Take a look at in opposition to South Africa, which the hosts received by six wickets inside two days.
Previous to the primary Take a look at in opposition to the Proteas, he had scores of 5, 48, 21, 28 within the 4 innings this summer season.
“You solely must look again a (few) weeks in the past (to) a one-day recreation out right here (on the MCG) in opposition to England, he scored 100 on what was a reasonably powerful wicket,” Smith was quoted as saying by Australian Related Press (AAP).
“We’ve seen David when his again’s up in opposition to the wall, he’s performed fairly nicely.” Warner had undergone an identical droop forward of the T20 World Cup final yr however the 36-year-old had turned it round in unimaginable style to assist Australia win their maiden T20 World Cup. He was additionally adjudged participant of the event.
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“It doesn’t matter what format of the sport, Davey at all times performs in a reasonably comparable means, which has been the great thing about him in Take a look at cricket, with the ability to take the sport on from ball one,” Smith mentioned.
“Typically it doesn’t work, and he hasn’t had an excessive amount of luck currently.” Whereas Warner desires to play in India and the Ashes subsequent yr, if his woeful type continues, the Southpaw is prone to be dropped type the Take a look at aspect.
Australia will tackle South Africa within the second Take a look at starting right here on Monday.