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Who will be Australian next opener?

By Vipin - 2023-12-31 11:42:53
Who will be Australian next opener?

Australian opener David Warner will play the last Test match of his career against Pakistan from January 3. Till now he has played 111 Tests, in which he has scored 8695 runs at an average of 44.58 and strike rate of 70. In such a situation, replacing Warner after his retirement is a big challenge for the selectors.

Cricket Australia did not have to think much about the opener's position since Warner's Test debut, because Warner always held one end of the opening. However, now Cricket Australia has expressed that they would like to select a player like Warner in the team, who can handle one end of the team. Because, they have to play series against New Zealand, Sri Lanka, West Indies this year. First of all let us know why it is difficult to replace Warner.

Renshaw, Harris and Bancroft are the opening contenders from Sheffield Shield

The names of Cameron Bancroft, Matt Renshaw and Marcus Harris are among the strong contenders to replace Warner in the Test. All three players have been performing well as openers in Sheffield Shield since 2021.

1. Bancroft:


Maximum 2384 runs have been scored in 52 innings. Has scored 10 centuries at an average of 50+.

2. Harris:


Is the third highest scorer. Scored 5 centuries and 1545 runs at an average of 37.68.

3. Renshaw:


Renshaw's average is the second highest in the tournament. Scored 658 runs in 19 innings.

Bancroft is out since ball tampering

Bancroft did not play any Test after the ball tampering scandal. Renshaw has been more successful in the first class while playing at the number 5 position. Harris has shown excellent performance in the county but has been average in the domestic matches.

Performance of contenders abroad:

Australian selectors will pay attention to his performance abroad while announcing Warner's replacement. Renshaw is at the forefront of this race. Renshaw averages 40+ in Australia, England and South Africa/New Zealand.

Also Read: Which star players including Quinton de Kock-Stuart Broad retired in 2023?

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