I have no doubt David Warner will bounce back, says Michael Clarke

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“He knows we’ve got a huge summer ahead”

Australia captain Michael Clarke has announced that he has no doubt opening batsman David Warner will bounce back and show what he is truly capable of during the second leg of the Ashes series in November.

Warner had a dismal tour of England as he missed out on the first two Ashes Tests due to a lack of match practice, which arose after he was suspended for punching England batsman Joe Root at the Walkabout bar in Birmingham during the Champions Trophy in June.

To make matters worse, Warner was axed for the ODI series against England as well and, as a result, he was put on an early flight home to Australia.

Despite all the problems Warner has faced and caused, Clarke still believes the flamboyant opener remains a valuable asset to the team.

“Davey is certainly a big part of the Australian team, whatever format,” Clarke said. “Hopefully he’s training his backside off…I’m pretty sure he would be.

“I’ve spoken to him a couple of times on the phone. He knows we’ve got a huge summer ahead and when an opportunity comes up again, I’m sure he’ll grab it with both hands.”

Australia’s next assignment is a limited overs tour of India, which will consist of seven ODIs and a one-off Twenty20 International.

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