David Warner‘s horror show with the bat continues in the highly-anticipated Ashes series as he once again fails to make any substantial contribution during the fifth Test against England at Oval. Despite having a sensational ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 campaign, Warner failed big-time to translate his white-ball form into Test cricket. After registering three consecutive ducks in the last three Ashes innings, the left-hander was dismissed 5 off 8 balls by England’s speed sensation Jofra Archer in the first innings of Oval Test.
This was the eighth time when Warner was dismissed for a single-digit score in the ongoing Ashes. His failure to reach double figures helped him set a ridiculous record as he became the first player in history to be dismissed for eighth single-digit scores in a Test series.
For a high-quality batsman like Warner, his figures in the last eight Test innings cut a sorry figure. He has managed to score 79 runs in 9 Test innings – 0, 0, 0, 61, 5, 3, 8, 2 at a poor average 9.88. Barring a single fifty during the third Test versus England at Headingley, Warner registered three successive ducks, with Stuart Broad claiming his scalp six times in eight innings.
Australia may have retained the Ashes ahead of the fifth Test, but the series has been miserable for the former Aussie vice-captain. However, Warner’s exit during the fifth Test gave birth to another major controversy. Warner’s attempt to smash Archer’s delivery over point appeared to hit nothing but thin air; umpire ruled the decision in favour of batsman only to reverse it later after England skipper Joe Root opted for DRS. The TV replays appeared to show daylight between bat and ball but the UltraEdge showed movement on the graph – albeit only slight, and nothing that spiked – and subsequently leaving to Warner’s exit.
Earlier, all-rounder Mitchell Marsh’s five-wicket haul helped Australia to bundled out England for 294 runs in the ongoing fifth Ashes Test. England resumed their batting from a score of 271/8 on the second day of the Test and only added 23 runs to their innings.
Overnight batsman Jos Buttler was bowled out by pacer Pat Cummins after he added 70 runs to the scoreboard. Jack Leach also departed early as he was scalped by Marsh in the next over. Leach played a knock of 21 runs.
For Australia, Marsh picked five wickets while Pat Cummins scalped three and Josh Hazlewood bagged two wickets.