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Chief Selector George Bailey backs D. Warner to do well in ODI World Cup

David Warner

Australian Chief Selector George Bailey is confident that opener David Warner will do well in the upcoming ODI World Cup 2023 in India.

Heading into the showpiece event, the southpaw has been in scintillating form. In the recently concluded three-match series against India, Warner finished as Australia’s highest run-getter. He scored 161 runs at an average of 53.67. Prior to this series, Australia travelled to South Africa to play five ODIs. There, Warner was in fine form there as well, scoring 206 runs at an average of 41.20. What stands out in these two series is the stunning strike rate of the 36-year-old. Against the Proteas, he had a strike rate of 121.18, while against India, he upped the ante, scoring at 127.78.

Australia’s men’s selection chair, George Bailey, wasn’t surprised with Warner taking his game up by several notches heading into the World Cup.

Chief Selector George Bailey stated this talking about Warner,

Not just in the Australian team, but around the world. These are the tournaments that the best players build themselves up for and get excited about

“That’s the ultimate challenge for them to not only prove how good they are individually. But also to help their team get some really exciting success. So (I’m) not surprised that he’s hit the ground running over here with the enthusiasm that you’d expect from ‘Davey’ and playing really well,

George Bailey highlights the importance of David Warner and Travis Head

Opening batter Travis Head was ruled out of the first half of the World Cup after fracturing his left hand. However, Bailey showed his support towards the left-hander and believes he will do well when he returns.

George Bailey says,

Trav is a really important player for us, he’s certainly a player who’s in our first choice XI. Hopefully when he does come online, he can have a really important impact towards the back end of the tournament,

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