I don’t know what the Aussies were worried about. Any time an established batsman loses form or is reaching the end of the road, they should be exclaiming with typical confidence ‘don’t worry, another one will be along in a minute’. No sooner has Matthew Hayden been cut from the one-day and Twenty20 side than a young lad with no first-class experience whatsoever did to the best bowling attack in the world what Hayden has been doing to the likes of Bangladesh for years.
To hit seven 4s and six 6s at the MCG, a monster of a ground, is no mean effort. To do it in the space of 43 balls is absolutely ridiculous. As Shane Warne said, all club cricketers in Australia now will be thinking that they could don the baggy green and start flaying the ball to all parts. Can you imagine this summer a club cricketer coming into the England team and depositing Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson to all four corners? No, neither can I.
It is quite possible that we may never hear the name David Warner again. Many a player has come rocketing on to the stage only to find themselves unable to sustain it or to wilt under the pressure which they have heaped upon themselves by their opening salvos. However there are not too many examples of that in Australia and this boy can clearly play. He was the difference between the two sides but such a difference he was that Australia won by 50-odd runs.
Their test team may be faltering but Australia’s extraordinary conveyor belt of talent continues unabated. It remains to be see whether Warner can forge a long and illustrious career, but in the short term IPL riches await.
By Stuart Peel