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August 1, 2013

Should David Warner be playing at No. 6 for Australia?


Australia's lower middle order is distinctly under-weight following Michael Hussey's retirement. Warner could push the game along with his aggressive play, and is ideally placed to handle the second new ball.


He's made his name as an opener and is most likely to succeed at the top of the order. His game isn't best suited to hold the innings together at No. 6.


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August 2, 2013, 15:29 GMT


England one eyed supporters might not agree with me. But I really believe this Australian team is actually slightly better than the current England team. Only slightly. The first two tests weren't a true indication of the current Australian team.This test match has shown this Australia are starting to play to their potential. I think this Oz side can knock England off.

August 2, 2013, 7:27 GMT


During Warner's introduction to First Class cricket he was mostly a middle order player who would pinch hit as opener in T20s and 50 over games. While he is a more rounded opener now than he was then he still struggles vs elite new ball bowling. At six he can be a traditional swash buckling batsman, he's good with his back to the wall in a crisis and can provide impotus when we're on top. It's a good fit for him.

August 2, 2013, 6:46 GMT


Australian cricket is in tatters on the whole. It's not about a single individual, but they've managed almost all their individuals extremely poorly to be very polite. Ed Cowan, David Warner, Shane Watson, Matthew Wade and Nathan Lyon have been the biggest sufferers, though Watson and Warner can take a lot of the blame themselves.

On topic, David Warner is NOT a middle order batsmen. On the contrary, Watson isn't an opener and judging by how old he is, he never will become one. It baffles me, that Warner's going to bat 6. Australia need to realise that if Warner bats for three hours in a test, ten out of ten times, you will be in the box seat.

The biggest problem in Australian cricket is not a lack of talent, but the mamanagement of it.

August 2, 2013, 6:10 GMT


Warner and Aussies are going through a very rough patch. They need to re-invent themselves to make a come back. Some changes are inevitable to achieve success. Warner has been successful as an opener but also failed in that position in all formats over the last six months. Plus he is low on confidence with charges of indiscipline. It would be nice to bring back a top in form Warner at the top than a man seeking return to form. With the way Aussies played on Day 1, the situation is ideal for Warner to come in and torment the English further. Even if Warner scores a quick fire 50, it would help Aussies a long way. Warner at 6, also gives a lot of stability to the middle order and as all are hoping, he can become a good replacement for Hussey. However, I see him more in the role of Symonds. With the way Smith is batting, the worries for Aussies will come down to No. 1 & 3. Should Watson strike form bringing back Hughes or Cowen could solve the No. 3 issue too. Warner at 6 could be a boon

August 2, 2013, 5:56 GMT


I think he will do well there. What I'm basing that on are his innings in Hobart against NZ and Perth against South Africa where he batted very well with the tail and showed great control and maturity while still playing some good aggressive cricket when a loose ball was served up. Can't hurt to try him out in that position. He has had some trouble against the swinging ball in the past, so getting him in at 6 where the ball is likely to be old and not doing much might just be the way to get him in.

August 2, 2013, 13:42 GMT


I don't think he should be playing at all ! Not a Test Batsman at any position.

August 2, 2013, 11:31 GMT


oops! Time to close the blog!!

August 2, 2013, 9:47 GMT


To be a valuable No 6, Warner has a core skill, which is to impose himself by scoring forcefully. Much like Gilchrist. The challenge is his dependability. If the top order is rock solid, Warner would be great No 6 but absent that, he needs to be a lot more dependable and will be called upon to save games on occasion and I am not confident that he can be relied on. I believe Shane Watson as opener is completely wrong. He lacks technique and the mental resilience for that position. For sure, he is not the second best batsman (after Clarke) irrespective of what he may himself think. He would be better at No 6 and Warner should open.

August 2, 2013, 8:13 GMT


He should be at No 1-2. Any way he soon be replacing Watson so chillllll.

August 2, 2013, 6:16 GMT


I believe David Warner should be opening the batting with Rogers. I would have Watson at number six or seven and I think Michael Clarke should bat at number three because I think he is our best batsmen.