Former cricketer Aakash Chopra has claimed that Australia will not become weak despite David Warner’s absence from the team for the rest of the Border-Gavaskar trophy as well. The veteran opener sustained two injuries during the second Test in Delhi. Mohammad Siraj’s delivery hit Warner on his elbow and because of that, he had a small hairline fracture before a concussion led to him being replaced by Matthew Renshaw as well.
Meanwhile, Cricket Australia released a statement on Tuesday and said that he would be heading back home to recover from the injuries. While speaking on his YouTube channel, as quoted by Sportskeeda, Chopra said that Australia will not be weakened by his absence as well.
“David Warner has gone back. He got injured in his arm and couldn’t play the last match (second innings) due to a concussion. They are saying it is a minor fracture and he is now not available for the third and fourth Tests. Does the opposition team become weak because of that? It feels slightly odd to say that the team won’t become weaker despite Warner not being there. But the numbers we have seen from him in India, his situation in front of Ashwin and considering the kind of confidence he had, it seems it will not make any difference to the opposition team,” said Aakash Chopra.
Aakash Chopra also gave the hint that we could see David Warner play against India once again in the World Test Championship final despite some reports claiming that he is reaching the end of his career as well.
“He has gone and I was reading somewhere, it could be wrong or it could be right, but there was an opinion that he is already in the twilight of his Test career and we don’t know how much longer we will see him play. That will be an interesting one but this Border-Gavaskar Trophy is over for him. The two teams might play each other in the (World Test Championship) final – there is a possibility. Pat Cummins has also gone back but he will be back for the third Test match is what I have heard,” said Aakash Chopra.