Warner knows that he and Cowan cannot afford another failure
Australia opening batsman David Warner has urged the national selectors to continue having faith in him and Ed Cowan as the country’s Test openers, despite both batsmen having repeatedly failed to make substantial runs against India.
During the recently concluded four-Test series against India, Warner only managed to score two half-centuries, while Cowan fared even worse, scoring just one.
However, Warner defended his opening partner, stating that the national selectors would be making a grave mistake if they decided to drop Cowan since he has the makings of a solid opening batsman.
“The last 12 months have been fantastic for me and Ed as a partnership,” Warner said. “The downfall is when we have been outside Australia. It’s been tough here (in India). The wickets have been tough to score on.”
Warner believes that he and Cowan form a formidable pair that would be able to give the England bowlers a run for their money in this year’s back-to-back Ashes series.
“Looking forward to the Ashes, we know each other’s game,” Warner added. “Ed is patient, he leaves very well, especially in our conditions, and he has played a lot of first-class cricket in England. As a partnership, moving forward, I really believe we will be the key to the team’s success.”
In the 25 innings they have batted alongside one another, Cowan and Warner have scored 1,111 runs at a respectable average of 44.44, but Warner believes that if they continue to fail, like they did in India, it will not help their cause at all.
“But we have to score some runs, otherwise we might not be on the plane to England,” Warner said. “We have to keep working hard.
“In terms of runs on the board, we are averaging mid-40s, which I think is No.1 in the world at the moment, so we are doing a fantastic job.”