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Dropping David Warner a huge gamble – Ponting

On The ICC Review Podcast’s latest episode, former Australian skipper, Ricky Ponting, put forward his predicted Australia XI for the fourth Test. In the process, he backed David Warner for the Manchester showdown.

Ponting is of the opinion that the opener could score big anytime soon. Even with his matchup against Stuart Broad, leaving a player of his experience out with the Ashes on line could be a massive gamble.

Warner was dismissed by Broad twice in the previous Test. Broad has got the better of the left-handed batsman a stunning 17 times now in Test cricket. This, Ponting believes, is the major reason behind all the debate regarding Warner’s spot for the upcoming game.

“I know there’s been a lot of chat the last couple of days since the end of Headingley and it’s more the fact that it’s Broad that’s getting him out, I think. I think if it was anybody else, the noise probably wouldn’t be quite as loud, but the fact that he struggled to get through the opening spells of Broad a few times in this series again, makes it a little bit more of a worry.”

“And the reason I say that is because I’ve played against teams in the past and bowlers in the past where you just know that they’ve got the wood on you and they’re on top of you and you just can’t get away from it because if I’m Ben Stokes, even if David Warner gets through the first spell of Stuart Broad, then I’ll give him a short break and I’ll bring him back again,” said Ponting.

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