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Has wayward Warner really done enough to warrant Test recall?

So Australian cricket’s wild child has tamed a second-string South African attack in a nondescript match in Pretoria and all of sudden he’s a potential Ashes saviour.

Yeah, right.

Surely that says a hell of a lot more about the sheer desperation in the Australian camp than it does about David Warner’s readiness for a return to Test action at Old Trafford next week.

Yes,  of course that rousing 193, for Australia A against South Africa A, was a timely reminder of what Warner, at his  imperious best, is capable of – and God knows he needed it to restore some much-needed confidence after an appalling recent run that (IPL matches aside) read: 2, 0, 8, 0, 0, 9, 6, 11.

Yes, you could also suggest it more than justified, if belatedly, the decision to pack the controversy-dogged New South Welshman off to the republic to get his act together.

But, seriously, what has it really achieved?  How on earth do you line up that 193, in a match of that sort, in faraway Pretoria, against a quality innings by one of his top-six rivals back in England?

That’s the dilemma Darren Lehmann and tour selectors now face as a hotchpotch, Ed Cowan-led outfit attempt to revive their flagging fortunes in a three-day match against Sussex at Hove.

Cricket Australia obviously couldn’t have it both ways with Warner, but it’s just a pity he won’t be at Hove to stake a more meaningful Test claim – in English conditions and, unlike South Africa, with a Duke ball in use.

— Peter Thomson




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