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Gilchrist Advocates First Opportunity for Warner in ODI World Cup

Australia’s most revered opener, Adam Gilchrist, holds the view that David Warner should be granted the initial chance to open for the national team in the ODI World Cup, despite Mitch Marsh’s impressive display as an opener during the team’s recent series in India.

Marsh, typically positioned in the middle order, took up the role of opener during Australia’s three-match 50-over series against India in March, filling in for Warner who was sidelined due to an elbow injury. Marsh’s remarkable performance earned him the title of Australia’s highest run-scorer in the series and secured him the Player of the Series award.

Marsh exhibited his prowess by crafting an impactful 81 off 65 balls in the first ODI. He also formed a decisive partnership in the second ODI alongside fellow opener Travis Head, who is expected to retain his spot as the opening batsman in Australia’s World Cup debut against India on October 8 in Chennai. In the third match of that series, Warner returned and batted at No.4, contributing 23 runs to seal Australia’s series victory.

Warner, in the meantime, has demonstrated his skill in the Ashes campaign, though some uncertainty lingers about his capability to maintain his position in the team for the upcoming Test summer.

Gilchrist, a legendary Australian white-ball opener, firmly asserts that Warner should not be in a position of uncertainty and should be paired with Head at the top of the order for the ODI World Cup in India. As Australia gears up for the World Cup, they will engage in a 50-over series against South Africa and India in September. The trio of Marsh, Head, and Warner have all secured spots in the squad.

According to Gilchrist, selecting Warner for the World Cup implies he should also be given the opening position. The veteran cricketer, a World Cup champion himself, has amassed enough credibility and experience to be an essential asset to the team’s campaign in India.

Drawing parallels, Gilchrist highlighted that Warner had already demonstrated his mettle in a similar situation before the 2021 T20 World Cup in the UAE. His performance during that period substantiates his capability to thrive under selection uncertainties.

By- Sahiba Suri

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