Playing XI when David Warner made his Test debut: Where are they now?
When David Warner started out, many commented that he would be most suitable to only the shorter formats. However, David Warner made his debut in Tests and became one of the best openers in this format, too. The Aussie is playing his 100th Test against South Africa at the MCG. It is not often that a player gets to feature in 100 Tests. In fact, David Warner also scored a hundred in this game. It was way back in 2011 that Warner made his Test debut. It was a game against New Zealand in Brisbane. Here, we take a look at the playing XI when David Warner made his Test debut.
Openers: David Warner and Phillip Hughes
Australia won that game by nine wickets but both openers did not have a memorable outing. A few years ago, Phillip Hughes passed away after a bill hit his neck. It is one of the most tragic moments in the history of the game. Australia later won the 2015 ODI World Cup and dedicated the award to the fine talented cricketer.
Middle-Order: Usman Khawaja, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey and Brad Haddin
It was a strong middle order in the playing XI when David Warner made his Test debut. Usman Khawaja is still a part of the Australia Test setup. Yes, he has had his share of his issues but Khawaja is finally making his form count. That said, a big Test awaits him against India in Feb-March and that could define the direction of his career.
The rest of the players in this middle order have retired from the game. All of them have roles in broadcasting and Ponting is also the Head Coach of Delhi Capitals in IPL. He also has a role with the Hobart Hurricanes as a Strategy Head. Clarke captained the nation and also hit a hundred in that game. Hussey is currently with CSK in the backroom department while Brad Haddin is the assistant coach of Punjab Kings in IPL.
Bowlers: Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon
Both Peter Siddle and James Pattinson have retired from international cricket. For the latter player, although he is still young, injuries have not allowed him to stay afloat in his career. Both are a part of County Cricket and Peter Siddle is still very much active in the BBL.
Starc and Lyon are still integral components of the Australian Test Team. They have won numerous games for their nation and would want to continue in the last few years of their careers.