Ashes: Usman Khawaja Can Open For Australia If David Warner Is Injured, Says Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting backed Usman Khawaja to exchange David Warner within the second Ashes Check.© AFP

Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting feels Usman Khawaja can substitute David Warner for the second Ashes Check if the opening batter is dominated out of the sport as a consequence of an damage. England and Australia are at the moment enjoying the primary Ashes Check. Warner on Friday didn’t take the sphere after receiving blows on the chest whereas batting on Day Two of the primary Check. “If (Warner) cannot play, I believe it is in all probability Khawaja that goes in and opens the batting. Though he hasn’t executed it the final couple years for Queensland he is executed it for Australia earlier than,” quoted Ponting as saying.

“He is clearly in actually good type, so I believe that is in all probability the way in which to go. I believe he is skilled sufficient, however the reality he hasn’t executed it for some time could be a little bit of a priority,” he added.

The Australia opening batter obtained a brutal blow on the identical spot whereas fielding from England’s Ben Stokes which additional put Warner in di.netfort.

“It is a fear that he isn’t on the market in any respect. We’ll have a greater thought when he bats or if he bats in any respect within the second innings,” stated Ponting.

“I observed that after he bought hit, he got here out after one of many breaks and you could possibly see that he had just a little (chest) guard over that space. I bought a bit fearful about it then as a result of I’ve by no means seen him with a chest guard on earlier than,” he added.

“Even when it is simply bruising, I’d suppose that he’d be on the market fielding so there is likely to be a bit extra to it than what we’re listening to,” Ponting additional stated.


Coming to the sport, Joe Root and Dawid Malan stored staged England’s fightback as the 2 batters steadied the guests’ ship by the top of Day 3 of the continued first Ashes Check on the Gabba, Brisbane on Friday.

On the Stumps, England’s rating learn 220/2– trailing by 58 runs. Malan and Root have performed unbeaten knocks of 80 and 86 runs respectively.

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