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Warner's career 'coming towards an end' unless he scores big in fifth Ashes Test: McGrath

The left-handed opener has scored just 225 runs in the nine innings in this Ashes at a mediocre average of 25.00, which includes only one half-century that he made during the second Test at Lord’s

Our Bureau And Agencies London Published 29.07.23, 09:56 AM
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Former Australia pacer Glenn McGrath said David Warner’s career could be “coming towards an end” un­less the veteran opener sc­ores big in the second innings of the ongoing fifth and final Ashes Test against England.

Warner could only manage 24 in the first innings at The Oval. The left-handed opener has scored just 225 runs in the nine innings in this Ashes at a mediocre average of 25.00, which includes only one half-century (66) that he made during the second Test at Lord’s.

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“There’s a bit of pressure on Dave Warner. He looked ok, but then got out again. To be honest, I think that maybe it’s coming towards the end of his career,” McGrath told SENQ Breakfast.

“I know he came out the ot­her day and said he wanted to play it to the end of next summer. But I think the pressure is on him. The vultures are circling. Unless he comes out in the second dig and produces a big score, I think he might struggle,” he said.

Despite speculations that he might call time on his Test career after the Ashes, Warner has ruled out that possibility. Warner has hinted that he was eager to retire at his home venue, Sydney Cricket Ground, during the Test series against Pakistan later this year.

With only one century in his last 25 Tests, McGrath thi­nks that consistency has been an issue with Warner lately.

“Unfortunately, he’s got a lot of starts this series and then just gets out. I’m not sure what’s there.

“The timing is not quite there. He had that big innings back in Australia on Boxing Day where he got the 200, but there hasn’t been a sort of real big score before or after that for quite some time.”

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