Legendary cricketer Adam Gilchrist has reservations about opener David Warner’s form ahead of Australia’s matches in the International T20 Cup. The southpaw was dismissed for a duck against New Zealand and one run against India. Warner also had a horrible season for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the recently completed Indian Premier League (IPL) season as he managed to score just 195 runs in eight games. The southpaw was stripped of the captaincy and was also dropped from the SRH playing XI in the UAE leg of the IPL.
All-rounder Glenn Maxwell has put his weight behind Warner and said it is just a matter of time and he will soon be back amongst the runs when the team begins the showpiece event against South Africa on Saturday (October 23). Gilchrist said the southpaw’s form is a concern, and he has not had the best of times with SRH in the IPL.
“I know there’s a bit of uncertainty around him (Warner) and his results, but he hasn’t played any cricket. A lot of them haven’t played much cricket. We can’t really judge how Dave is going on the back of a disgruntled situation with his franchise,” Gilchrist told SEN’s Whateley on Wednesday.
After the IPL ended on October 15, Warner also shared a post on his official Instagram account signaling an end with the franchise. Gilchrist, though feels the southpaw will be in the starting XI for the side’s first game.
Apart from Warner, the former wicketkeeper-batter has included Aaron Finch, Mitch Marsh, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Josh Inglis (wicketkeeper), Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and Adam Zampa in his predicted playing XI.
The cricketer-turned-expert feels Mitchell Marsh will have a big impact during the global event. “I think he can have a big impact there, just going in earlier and getting the ball while it’s harder,” Gilchrist added.