Warner was denied the opportunity to create history

DAVID WHITE

David Warner had the cricketing world in a spin at Adelaide Oval against Pakistan.

An unbeaten 335 in the second Test was nothing short of spectacular.

Aside from the fact that Warner spooned a catch to gully off a “no ball”, it was a near-perfect innings.

Safe to admit that Warner isn’t everyone’s cup of tea considering he was the catalyst behind the Cape Town atrocity.

The fact that he wouldn’t spill the beans – even under duress – when he returned from South Africa just made your skin crawl.

However, Warner paid his dues and returned to the Australian side despite a less than flattering Ashes series in England.

A good record in Australia no doubt saved him from the axe, and boy, hasn’t he made every post a winner.

Incredibly, he survives a dismissal off a “no ball” en route to a century at the Gabba in the first Test against Pakistan.

A headline through the week said that despite Warner’s heroics in Adelaide, he didn’t exactly end up with the plaudits that someone like a Steve Smith would have received.

The headline went on to say that a lot of Australian cricket fans still haven’t forgiven Warner after allegedly encouraging Cameron Bancroft to damage the cricket ball with sandpaper.

Warner was on fire in Adelaide, and Matt Hayden’s Australian record (380) and Brian Lara’s world record (400) were suddenly appearing on the radar.

The swashbuckling Australian opening batsman was scoring with ease.

And he deserved the opportunity hunt down those two Test match records.

We then hear that when it comes to the Australian cricket side under the tutelage of Justin Langer and Tim Paine, the team comes first before the individual.

There was the forecast of wet weather in Adelaide that may have been a hindrance in Australia’s pursuit for victory.

In the end, Australia creamed Pakistan with four sessions remaining in the match.

When Warner passed 334 – a score achieved in the past by Don Bradman and Mark Taylor – he appeared to head straight for the dressing room.

Clearly, Warner was granted the opportunity to post the second highest Test score by an Australian batsman.

The fact that Australia declared on a beautiful sunny day with plenty of time remaining before the “lunch” break was ludicrous.

It is highly unlikely that Warner will ever have the chance to break the records of Hayden and Lara again.

In other words, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Australia wanted to bowl at Pakistan at night on the second day – even though they had no idea when the rain would arrive.

The bottom line is that Warner was dudded.

Warner may have been forgiven after what transpired at Newlands, but his transgression has not been forgotten.

And the conspiracy theories have started already.

It’s pure speculation, but consider the following.

Langer and Hayden formed one of the best opening batting combinations in the history of Australian cricket, and also had a strong bond and relationship.

Did Langer want to see Warner break Hayden’s record?

And did Cricket Australia and the International Cricket Council want to see a player, who will forever be remembered as the Cape Town instigator, break two highly significant records?

Makes you wonder how Warner was allowed to exceed the highest score achieved by Australia’s greatest ever cricketer.

Had the shoe been on the other foot, it also makes you wonder if Australia would have declared at 3-589 had it been Smith unbeaten on 335 instead of Warner.

The final wash-up is that we’ll never know.

A final thought.

Warner has apparently been welcomed back to the Australian team with open arms.

He has served his time after committing the crime.

Why then was Warner’s wife Candice spotted sitting in the crowd on her own celebrating the achievements of her husband instead of being in the company of an Australian teammate’s wife or girlfriend?

It seemed strange, if not odd.

 

 

 

 

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