David Warner has been a changed man since returning from the ban. While he was on fire with the bat in the IPL and the World Cup, the southpaw is slowly coming to terms with his Test batting as well. Keep aside the personal achievements, the player first needs to win the vote of confidence of his teammates for a good dressing room environment. And Warner is doing everything he can to change his image.
The Headingley Test is the perfect example to look out for his efforts. Australia are currently bossing the ongoing third Ashes Test in Leeds. The visitors skittled out England for just 67 runs in the first innings and then built on a 112-run lead. Australia were bowled out for 246 in their second innings to set a daunting 359-run target for the home side to save the Ashes.
England though put up a stunning fight with their skipper Joe Root at the helm and made the Aussie bowlers sweat out in the scorching heat.
However, David Warner took care of their best bowler Josh Hazlewood who kept on bowling long spells and also churned out a crucial Joe Denly’s wicket to break the 126-run partnership for the third wicket. On the third day of the Test, it was spotted that Warner used to run to Hazlewood almost every time he was to bowl and take his cap from him to pass it on to the umpire.
It saved Hazlewood from walking almost 20 metres before every over which eventually helped him in restoring the energy in his bowling. It was such a kind gesture from Australia’s former vice-captain and these little things add up in the end in such a close game. This is also a perfect example of a team spirit which is on display from the visitors who have come prepared for the Ashes this time around.
Here’s the video:
Warner jogging to fetch Hazlewood’s cap to save his legs at the start of each over is my new favourite thing. #Ashes pic.twitter.com/VitnsvZr0I
— Cat Jones (@Cricketbatcat) August 24, 2019
As far as the match is concerned, England are 203 runs away from chasing an unthinkable 359 and have seven wickets in hand. They have two of their best batsmen in Joe Root and Ben Stokes in the middle and will be hoping to save the Ashes for the time being by winning this Test match. Australia, on the other hand, are the favourites at the moment and they are expected to bundle out the opposition on the fourth day and retain the Ashes.
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