Ravichandran Ashwin has dismissed the likes of Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne and is now aiming to dismiss David Warner in the upcoming Test match against Australia. The Sydney Test starts from January 7 and both Warner and Ashwin are key players for their respective teams. The off-spinner is the leading wicket-taker in the series so far with 10 wickets. He is now aiming to make things difficult for Warner who’s return is eagerly awaited by his teammates.
Ravichandran Ashwin has had the wood over David Warner both at home and away. Ashwin has dismissed the left-hander five times in India and four times in Australia. Warner has just scored 146 runs in 12 innings in India and 36 runs in five innings against the off-spinner in Australia.
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Ravichandran Ashwin vs David Warner Stats in Tests
Warner’s strike-rate against Ravichandran Ashwin is a tad bit better in India than in Australia. He strikes at 48.18 in India against the off-spinner which drops down to 45 in Australia. Warner with all his IPL experience is considered one of the better players of spin, however, he has not yet found an answer to Ashwin’s mystery.
Meanwhile, an injured David Warner will be easier to tackle for the Indians as per former Indian cricketer Deep Dasgupta. He further said that Warner’s return is a sign of desperation in the Aussie camp which can work in favour of India.
“David Warner coming in, I think that’s a great sign for Team India because that shows the desperation of the Australian side. Warner has already mentioned that he can’t lunge, and if you have a groin injury it will be difficult to get on the front foot,” Dasgupta was quoted as saying by India Today.
In the absence of Warner, Burns opened the innings for Australia with Matthew Wade in the first two Tests. He managed to score only 63 runs in four innings and was dropped from the side following scores of 0 and 4 in the two innings of the second Test, which Australia lost by 8 wickets.