Former Australian wicketkeeper-batter Ian Healy stated David Warner has once again found himself under pressure after getting out very cheaply twice in the ongoing 3rd Ashes Test at Headingley as well. He again shared that the dashing opener lacked clarity in both innings. After scoring 66 and 25 in the second Ashes Test at Lord’s, Warner could only manage a single-digit score and Stuart Broad extended his record to 17 dismissals against him as well.
Speaking at Nine Studio, Healy stated, “It worries me. He’s smiling a little too much. I’m hopeful it’s not a smile and it just looks like a smile. He’s numb, he’s not really into the innings, his clarity in the mind wasn’t there to get 300. Australia have got to get 300 now. He’s been the real warrior that leads us into those innings in the past, but he’s just been nowhere in this Test when we need to really add 300 at least to our lead of 29 (26).”
However, Australia lost Warner on Day 2 after a 26-run lead before a half-century partnership between Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne as well. Later, England removed Khawaja, Labuschagne, and Steve Smith also.
“This whole match hasn’t produced enough for my liking at all. Not only is Broad unsettling him, but worldwide, bowlers over the last two years have not had much trouble with him. His average is about 28 over the last couple of years in cricket and those numbers for a national team are probably not good enough. So I worry that we can pick him again, even in the next Test in this series,” he concluded.