In today’s cricket news, Nasser Hussain and Kumar Sangakkara say that Australia should keep David Warner for the fourth Ashes Test in Manchester. Meanwhile, Pat Cummins said that England’s win in the third Ashes Test wouldn’t change the way the series was going. Lastly, Sports minister comments came a day after Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif appointed a high-profile committee to decide Pakistan’s ODI World Cup participation in India.
David Warner Must Open the Fourth Ashes Test for Australia
On day four of the third Test at Headingley, Harry Brook’s 75 helped England win by three wickets over Australia.
England’s successful chase of 251 cut their series deficit to 2-1 and kept their hopes of becoming the second team after Don Bradman’s Australia in 1936/37 to win the Ashes from 2-0 down alive.
Australia missed out on retaining the urn at the earliest possible opportunity and will now look to clinch the series at Emirates Old Trafford from Wednesday July 19, live on Sky Sports, after Warner was dismissed by Broad for a record 17th time.
“It’s David Warner. Hussain told Sky Sports, “It’s tricky.”
“I think if they’d won here [third Test at Headingley] and won the Ashes, it would have been a time to move on from David Warner, but now it’s a live game, I think they need and have to play Warner.”
“My point is you could play Cameron Green and Mitchell Marsh [all-rounders] and leave Warner out, but who opens?”
“Labuschagne or Marsh opens in white ball cricket sometimes, so he could do it.” However, it’s a new challenge.
Opening in Test cricket is a specialty. They’ll have to carefully consider who opens the batting at Old Trafford.”
Sangakkara added, “I think now they’ll have to play Warner.” If they have an opener, changing that will be discussed.
“To balance the side, are they going to leave Mitchell Marsh out?” There are many additions, but Australia’s opening spot is crucial.
Partnerships are needed there. They need a 40, 50, or 60-run partnership to give the other batters a break.
Labuschagne has struggled to score runs. Out there, he’s just surviving.
“Warner may not get another chance, but they will discuss that.”
Pat Cummins, Australia’s captain, backed Warner in his post-match interview with Sky Sports Cricket’s Michael Atherton.
“Of course [believe in Warner]. Cummins said, “He was fantastic last week at Lord’s.”
“A few of his chances to bat have been floodlights and clouds above, so I’m really happy with how everyone is going.”
Why does Warner fight Broad, and is his job at risk?
On the second afternoon at Headingley, Broad bowled Warner for the second time in the game and the 17th time in Ashes cricket.
Broad castled Warner in the first Test at Edgbaston and twice caught him at slip by Zak Crawley in Leeds in the 2023 series. Warner averaged under 10 in the 2019 Ashes in England.
Why is Broad so difficult to face from around the wicket for Warner?
During a rain-delayed start to day three of the third Test, Sky Sports Cricket pundits and former left-handed batters Mark Butcher and Kumar Sangakkara analyzed Warner’s struggles.
Butcher called Warner’s Ashes scores nine, 36, 66, 25, four, and one “technical and mental.”
“Initially, it’s technical, adjusting to the wicket angle. Broad is a master at late movement after creating the angle back at the stumps. It sticks in your head after two or three times.
“You are trying to figure out how to stop nicking it and then you get bowled through the gate.” After that, you adjust to avoid being bowled and start nicking again. It drives you crazy.
“I can’t figure out how he gets away from it other than running down the wicket, getting a thigh pad on it, and getting up the other end and waiting until the spell is over.”
“Broad expects it every time.”
“It is tough for a leftie because Broad is perfect at the art of using the angle and still using his wrist to take the ball away,” Sri Lanka legend Sangakkara said of Warner’s Broad problem. It’s late swing.
“I have set myself up to play as every ball is coming in and not worry about the outside edge, just hold the line and if I nick it, I nick it.”
“If your judgement is good, your defence is good, and you train that in the nets, rather than trying to get bat on ball, that is an option.”
Butcher continued, “Warner’s issue is that he goes so hard at the ball.” “Even if he plays as Kumar says, because he is thrusting his hands at the ball so hard, if he does nick the ball it always carries [to the slip cordon].”
Australia Will Ignore England Win Before Fourth Test
Pat Cummins said Australia could “brush this one off” after England won the third Ashes Test because they still lead the series 2-1 with two games left.
“We’re all plenty used to it, playing cricket – there’s normally a winner and a loser,” Cummins said of England’s three-wicket win. “We’ve had a wonderful run up until now, winning the first three matches in this tour.” Australia defeated India in the World Test Championship final at the Oval before the Ashes.
“This is one of those games you can look at and everyone kind of feels like they could have done something that might have contributed to a different result, but we’ve all played enough cricket so we’ll brush this one off,” he said.
After Australia won the first Test by two wickets and the second by 43 runs, this was the third consecutive game to test spectators’ nerves. Cummins said, “It’s not my preference but they’ve been great viewing.” It’s great cricket, but it’s tense.
“I actually really enjoy being out there and feeling you’ve got some kind of control of the situation and you’re in the middle of it. When you’re in the changing room and can’t do anything, it’s 100 times worse.”
The match leaves Cummins with selection issues after the squad returns from “taking a few days off to recharge and flying to various places,” with Mitchell Marsh hard to leave out at Old Trafford after replacing Cameron Green and opener David Warner increasingly ripe for a rest after two failures with the bat.
After the left-arm paceman took five second-innings wickets as Australia struggled to defend 251, Mitchell Starc’s exclusion from the first Test seems unlikely.
“He was fantastic,” Cummins said. Today he was classy. He’s versatile now—you’ve seen him bowl the wobble seam, swing the ball, use his bouncers, and still have that yorker. As a captain, it’s a luxury to have a left-armer who’s that in control of his skill and pace.
Pakistan Cricket Team Won’t Travel to India if Sports Minister Puts This Condition
The final ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023 schedule pits India and Pakistan at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium on October 15. Pakistan will play nine league stage matches in five Indian cities—Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Kolkata—from October 6 to November 12 against England. Pakistan’s India visit raises concerns.
According to The Indian Express, Pakistan’s sports minister Ehsaan Mazari has stated that his team won’t travel to India for the ODI World Cup if the Indian team doesn’t cross the border for the 2023 Asia Cup. “My personal opinion since the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) comes under my ministry is that if India demands to play their Asia Cup games at a neutral venue, we would also demand the same for our World Cup games in India,” he told IE.
Marzi’s comments came a day after Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif appointed a high-profile committee to decide Pakistan’s ODI World Cup participation in India.
Mazari said Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will lead the committee. He is one of 11 committee ministers. We’ll discuss the issue and make recommendations to the PM, PCB’s patron-in-chief. PM decides.”
Mazari wonders why India won’t play cricket in Pakistan. India politicizes sports. Why doesn’t the Indian government send their cricket team here? A large Indian baseball team played in Islamabad. The Pakistan-bound bridge team was also present. I was the main guest at the 60-plus-person event. Winners left. Mazari said Pakistan’s football, hockey, and chess teams visit India.
India refused to attend the Asia Cup, hosted by Pakistan. August and September will host the 13-match, 6-team tournament. The Asian Cricket Council decided to play 4 matches in Pakistan and 9 in Sri Lanka after India refused to travel. Sri Lanka will host all India games.
Summary of Today’s Cricket Sports News
Overall, Australia, according to Nasser Hussain and Kumar Sangakkara, must play David Warner in the fourth Ashes Test in Manchester, despite Warner’s struggles against England’s Stuart Broad. The choice regarding David Warner is a complex one. Sangakkara: “I think now they’ll have to play Warner”; Warner wouldn’t have been needed if they’d won the Ashes, but now since the series is still in play, they need and have to play him.
On the other hand, Pat Cummins claimed that Australia could “brush this one off” after England won the third Ashes Test because they still lead the series 2-1 with two games remaining.
Finally, according to The Indian Express, Pakistan’s sports minister Ehsaan Mazari has declared that his side won’t come to India for the ODI World Cup if the Indian squad doesn’t cross the border for the 2023 Asia Cup. A day after Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif appointed a high-profile committee to decide Pakistan’s ODI World Cup participation in India, Marzi made his comments.