‘It’s going to be hard to replace Davey’ – Pat Cummins
By SMCS - Jan 6, 2024 1:13 pm
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At the end of the third Test against Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia bid adieu to their star opener David Warner from Test cricket. However, Warner’s final flourish saw him score 57 runs from 75 balls. His departure was nothing but a celebration, as the SCG crowd gave him standing ovations. Meanwhile, Australian skipper Pat Cummins acknowledged his stunning contribution and said that the immense challenge of filling the void left by him as well.

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Pat Cummins

“It’s going to be hard to replace Davey, he’s basically played every game for the last dozen years, he’s a huge personality; he really sets the game up with the way he plays every time he walks out. He’s going to be huge to replace. We’ll enjoy him for the next day or so while we’ve still got him around,” Cummins was quoted as saying in the post-match presentation ceremony.

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However, on his final day in Test cricket, the veteran not only scored a quickfire fifty but was also involved in a crucial 119-run partnership with Marnus Labuschagne for the second wicket while chasing 130 runs. After the game, post-match, he also expressed gratitude to everyone for their unwavering support always.

David Warner
David Warner scored a dominating century

David Warner said, “It’s pretty much a dream come true. You win 3-0 and cap off what’s been a great 18 months to 2 years for the Australian cricket team. World Test Championship win, Ashes series draw and then the World Cup. To come here and finish 3-0 is an outstanding achievement. I’m proud to be with a bunch of great cricketers here. These guys, they work their backsides off, the engine room – the three big quicks plus Mitchell Marsh – they work tirelessly in the nets and in the gym. Credit to them, the physios, the staff behind that … is outstanding.”

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“You look at them, they are amazing, I don’t have to face them ever again in the nets, which I don’t do anyway, so that helps. (Today morning) Just a casual walk up to the local cafe, get a coffee with a young one, and then I just got into the car. I felt happy and really proud. To come here in front of your home crowd with the support they’ve shown me and the Australian cricket over the last decade or my career, I can’t thank them enough. Without you guys, we aren’t able to do what we do. It’s really much appreciated,” he concluded.