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George Bailey calls David Warner’s batting “irreplaceable.”

George Bailey, the chairman of the selection committee, thinks Australia cannot replace David Warner’s aggressive opening style as the veteran battles to prolong his Test career.

Warner was dismissed for a golden duck and three runs during the two-day Gabba Test by Proteas captain Kagiso Rabada. Warner was already under pressure and out of shape going into the three-match series against South Africa.

Dean Elgar, the captain of South Africa, believes that his team’s bowlers have left “mental scars” on Warner and the top order of Australia.

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In the contentious 2018 South Africa series, Rabada claimed Warner’s wicket four times, and his dominance over the 36-year-old has persisted for nearly five years.

Usman Khawaja, who bats with Warner, pleaded with selectors to keep the left-hander in the lineup last week, saying there was “no David Warners out there” in the Sheffield Shield.

What did George Bailey say about David Warner?

“I think the way Davey plays, I don’t think that’s going to be replaced,” he said.

“I don’t think we’ll be looking to replace David Warner, but I think we’ve got some strong candidates waiting in the wings to bat at the top of the order for Australia.”

“David would be the first to say this, he’d like a few more runs and to be contributing a bit more, knowing the importance of that role at the top of the order,” he said.

“But (I have) full confidence that will come.”

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Is David Warner struggling?

In addition to failing to reach 50 against the battling West Indies during decisive victories in Perth and Adelaide, Warner has not scored a Test century since January 2020.

As he gets ready to play his 100th Test on Boxing Day, he scored 24 centuries and scored 7922 runs at an average of 45.22.

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Niladri Biswas
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Niladri is a football enthusiast and die-hard fan of Liverpool FC. He is currently living his passion through writing about his favorite sport at The Sportslite. He sees himself as a renowned football journalist in the future.
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