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Australia in India: ‘Tough call’ looming on David Warner as Allan Border highlights Australia’s overthinking

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Allan Border believes Australia got too caught up in the challenges of playing in India ahead of the first Test in Nagpur.

The visitors were thumped by an innings and 132 runs as the batting lineup struggled against India’s spinners.

Australian selectors pulled a shock pre-match, leaving out Travis Head in favour of Peter Handscomb in the middle order despite the former’s prolific home summer with the bat.

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Border said that was the wrong decision and was a sign Australia was overthinking the situation.

“I couldn’t believe that Travis Head would be left out just on a whim that he didn’t play very well in India last time or when they were in Sri Lanka just recently,” Border said on SEN

“You’re allowed to improve and I think he’s one of those players that has improved. 

“He deserved the opportunity to play in that first Test match, no doubt about it. I think they got that selection really wrong. 

“They’ve over-thought some of the stuff.

“Worrying about all the gremlins in the pitch and that they’re all being doctored and this and that. That’s what you expect when you go there.

“To me they’ve over-thought it and got their plans and the team wrong in that first game.”

While most of Australia’s batters failed to perform in Nagpur, pressure continues to mount on opener David Warner.

Over nine matches, the 36-year-old averages just over 22 in India, while that climbs to 26 over 13 Tests in England – the location of this year’s World Test Championship final and Ashes Series.

Border suggested Warner’s form could force selectors into a difficult decision.

“I don’t like to say it because he’s been so good for us but, away from home, particularly India and England with that Ashes series coming up, we just need to see something more from him at the top of the order,” Border added.

“You’ve still got to play him in this upcoming Test match but it’s starting to get to that point where you’ve got say, “David, we might have to move on.” 

“That could happen very soon. That would be a sad day because I think he deserves to go out on his own terms but sometimes you’ve got to make those tough calls. 

“If it’s not working, you’ve got to do something about it.”

Throughout his career, Warner has often responded when under pressure.

Australia would dearly love a big score to swing the series when the second Test gets underway in Delhi on Friday.


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