Australian opener David Warner is likely to face T Natarajan in the third Test in Sydney starting from January 7. Warner has seen Natarajan bowl for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL and thus knows a thing or two about his strengths. Natarajan accompanied the Indian team to Australia as a cover-up but later was included in the Indian ODI and T20I squad after injuries to a few bowlers. He was then included in the Indian Test match squad after Umesh Yadav was ruled out for the last two matches.
Meanwhile, addressing a virtual media interaction ahead of the Sydney Test, David Warner said that he is a bit apprehensive about Natarajan’s credibilities in Test cricket.
“Good question but I am not too sure. You guys would be knowing his (Natarajan) Ranji Trophy stats and how he delivers day in and day out. I know he has line and lengths to do that, but obviously, back-to-back overs in a Test match? I am not a hundred percent sure,” Warner said during a virtual media interaction.
It’s a Great Reward For Nattu: David Warner
“I know a fair bit about Siraj and how well he has gone in Ranji Trophy, him backing up with repeated amount of overs. Given how his (Siraj’s debut) debut went, I am hopeful, Nattu will be able to do the same if he is included in that Test squad,” Warner said.
“I think it’s a great reward for Nattu. I think given that he was coming over here after missing the birth of his child to be a net bowler and then being injected into the actual squad is a great achievement for him and congratulations to him,” Warner said.
David Warner further extended his best wishes for the left-arm pacer and spoke very highly of his abilities to conclude the interaction.
“He is a very, very good bowler and I got to see that and captain him for Sunrisers Hyderabad. I wish him all the best and if he does get that opportunity, we know he will be comfortable and will know what he has to do” said Warner.