Sport : Cricket

Warner back in contention

29th July 2013, 02:50pm

David Warner: 'Ticked the box'

David Warner: 'Ticked the box'

Australia batsman David Warner is back in contention for the third Ashes Test against England at Old Trafford this week.

Warner scored 193 for Australia A against South Africa A in Pretoria last week after being sent to join the second-string side's tour to gain match practice.

The 26-year-old was suspended by Cricket Australia last month after punching Joe Root in a Birmingham bar following a Champions Trophy match at Edgbaston.

He was then left out for the opening two Test defeats at Trent Bridge and Lord's but could now come into back into consideration having rejoined the squad.

Australia are anxious to improve to prevent England securing the series in Manchester and Warner, who has 19 Test caps, could pressurise Phil Hughes or Chris Rogers for a place.

Coach Darren Lehmann said: "He got 193 and played well, did exactly what we wanted him to do.

"We want blokes to make hundreds, and he's ticked that box. We'll have to look at the wicket and what we come up with in the top six."

Ed Cowan could be another contender after scores of 66 and 77 not out in Australia's latest tour match against Sussex at Hove.

Cowan played at Trent Bridge but was replaced by Usman Khawaja at Lord's.

When asked if Cowan's latest performance improved his chances of a recall, Lehmann added: "Yeah, it does. He batted really well both innings.

"We'd love him to get a big hundred and really put pressure on, but it does his chances good."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet


Cricket Videos

    New Zealand seal series win

    New Zealand seal series win

    25-January-2015

    New Zealand sealed a series win over Sri Lanka with a game to spare after an emphatic 120-run win in the sixth ODI in Dunedin.

    Russell inspires West Indies

    Russell inspires West Indies

    25-January-2015

    Andre Russell hit a sensational 64 not out off 40 balls as the West Indies won a thriller in Port Elizabeth by just one wicket.

    Maddinson blasts Sixers to final

    Maddinson blasts Sixers to final

    24-January-2015

    Nic Maddinson's highest T20 score secured Sydney Sixers a spot in Wednesday's Big Bash Final in Canberra.

    Barmy Army celebrate 20 years

    Barmy Army celebrate 20 years

    24-January-2015

    England will be watched by some of the Barmy Army in Perth and the members are celebrating their 20th anniversary.

    Sky Bet

    Facebook Favourites