David Warner has struggled with the bat in the ongoing Test series against India, and on Monday, his tour came to a disappointing end as he was dismissed for another low score in the fourth and final Test at the HPCA stadium. (LIVE BLOG)
Warner was snapped up by Umesh Yadav for six as he edged a delivery that nipped away to the keeper. Overall, the left-hander’s scores on this tour have been 38, 10, 33, 17, 19, 14 and 56, the last one in the first innings of the ongoing match. His tally of 193 runs at an average of just 24.12 highlights the struggles he has undergone in this series. (LIVE SCORECARD)
In the first Test in Pune, he was bowled by Umesh Yadav after having made a good start, while in the second innings, he was trapped LBW by Ravichandran Ashwin. In Bengaluru, he was dismissed in both the innings by Ashwin as the bowler took his dismissal count against Warner to 9.
In Ranchi, he was dismissed both times by Ravindra Jadeja while, in Dharamsala, he became Kuldeep Yadav’s first Test victim. In the second innings, he once again fell to Umesh.
Before this series, Warner had enjoyed a purple patch. In the three-Test series against Pakistan, he had smashed 356 runs at an average of 71. In ODIs in 2016, the left-hander had managed to smash seven centuries in 23 games, including a sequence of five in 10 games.
Warner’s struggles in India have not been in this series alone. Even in the 2013 tour, Warner had struggled to make an impact. In four Tests in that series, the left-hander managed only 195 runs at an average of 24.37. His scores in that series were 59, 23, 6, 26, 71, 2, 0, 8. The end result: Australia were whitewashed 4-0 for only the second time in their Test history.
The left-hander’s lack of impact in this series has been the main problem for Australia and it could potentially cost them the series.