Place for David Warner not guaranteed: Darren Lehmann

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: July 29, 2013, 5:12 PM IST
Place for David Warner not guaranteed: Darren Lehmann

In spite of scoring a big hundred for Australia A in South Africa recently, David Warner's place for the third Test is not certain, according to team's coach Darren Lehmann.

Warner, who was given a ban on disciplinary grounds, smashed 193 last week playing for the A side but Lehmann said he would figure into the scheme of things after seeing the pitch at Old Trafford. "He's not a certainly no. Again we'll have to look at the wicket and we come up with the top six," Lehmanbn was quoted as saying.

But Lehmann accepted that Warner did what was expected of him. "He got 193 and played well, did exactly what we wanted him to do. We want blokes to make hundreds and he's ticked that box."

Team's spokesman Matt Cenin confirmed on Monday that the 26-year-old will join the rest of the squad on Monday. "We are travelling to Manchester today [Monday] and David Warner will link up with us there," Cenin said.

Warner's coming into form has put pressure on Ed Cowan and Phillip Hughes, who both got half-centuries in the three-day practice game against Sussesx recently. While Cowan - who led the side in the absence of Michael Clarke - scored 66 and 77*, Hughes had the knocks of 84 and 38.

Lehmann said they [Cowan and Hughes] should have converted fifties into big hundreds. "I would have liked them both to make big hundreds. When you get in that scenario you should be making big hundreds but they know that, we spoke about that. But they played well and got through some tough times."

As the Old Trafford pitch is expected to offer some assistance to spinners, Australia are still uncertain their spinner choice going into the Thursday's encounter. Both Nathan Lyon and youngster Ashton Agar went for plenty of runs against Sussex and got just one wicket each.

Lehmann conceded that both the spinner could have bowled better. "I don't mind spinners getting hit for boundaries off good balls. I thought Ash [Agar] bowled okay but he could have bowled better, Nathan could have bowled better at stages as well," Lehmann said.

Terming Agar as one to watch out for in the futur, Lehmann said the 19-year-old has a lot of potential. "For a 19-year-old he [Agar] has been outstanding. He is a good young man. We'd love him to get more wickets. That might be next week. "I was impressed with the way he bowled at Notts [in the first Test]. I thought he bowled quite well."

First Published: July 29, 2013, 5:12 PM IST

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