Australia is currently facing a problem of replacing David Warner similar to the mad scramble to find a wicketkeeper on the eve of the 2017/18 Ashes. The selection conundrum has been caused by the inability to find a suitable opener who can replace Warner, who could score quickly, make a lot of runs, and annoy a lot of people. The options to replace Warner are to select a specialist opener like Cameron Bancroft, Matt Renshaw, or Marcus Harris, squeeze Cameron Green into the Test team, or shift Steve Smith to the top of the order. Here is an analysis of every option to replace Warner at the top of the order for the West Indies series.
1. Cameron Bancroft:
Bancroft has impressive first-class form and has shown consistency by scoring runs. However, his slow scoring rate and mediocre record away from WACA are some points against him. Additionally, his relationship with the Aussie fast bowlers may impact his selection.
2. Cameron Green:
Green has been earmarked as the next man in line and has the potential to be back in the Test team. However, his lack of experience facing the new ball and his future as a number four batsman are some areas of concern.
3. Matt Renshaw:
Renshaw has a Test century as an opener and has shown potential through his performances. Nevertheless, the selectors might not go for a specialist opener after considering other options, and Renshaw’s flaws are similar to Bancroft’s without the same amount of runs to balance them out.
In conclusion, the search for a suitable replacement for Warner at the top of the order continues, and the pros and cons of the available options need to be considered to make the best choice.