ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Mark Waugh insists David Warner and Aaron Finch should open innings in showpiece tournament

Considering that David Warner can be much more destructive than any other batsman during the field restrictions, he must open for Australia alongside Aaron Finch at the World Cup, suggests former national selector Mark Waugh.

Press Trust of India, May 07, 2019 18:55:56 IST

Melbourne: Considering that David Warner can be much more destructive than any other batsman during the field restrictions, he must open for Australia alongside Aaron Finch at the World Cup, suggests former national selector Mark Waugh.

Usman Khawaja has scored more ODI runs (769) for Australia this year than anyone else and formed a formidable opening combination with along Finch during Australia's two most recent ODI series against India and Pakistan but Waugh thinks Warner is still the best option.

File image of Aaron Finch (Left) and David Warner (Right). Sportzpics

File image of Aaron Finch (Left) and David Warner (Right). Sportzpics

"I would definitely have him (Warner) opening. He is the number one opener in my opinion, so he has got to open with Finch," Waugh told the Big Sports Breakfast radio program.

"He is the most dangerous when the field is up and the field restrictions are in place and he can get the team off to a flyer."

The left-handed Warner has been in excellent touch as he scored lot of runs at the top of the order for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL. In fact, all his 104 ODI innings for Australia has come as an opener.

Khawaja's record while batting at number three in 50-over cricket is not very impressive. The left-hander averages 24.33 from 10 ODI innings when batting at number three for Australia.

Finch recently suggested that either Khawaja, Warner or himself could bat in that position during the World Cup, although a left-hand, right-hand combination at the top of the order was his preference.

"I think all three of us could (bat at No.3). I've probably got the least experience out of all three of us in that position in limited-overs cricket. It's something we'll juggle and tinker with. I think a left-right combination is probably the way we'll go, it just depends on which left-hander (opens)."

Waugh feels Khawaja and Shaun Marsh are the best options to bat at number three, while the remainder of Australia's batting order looks pretty clear cut.

"I think either Khawaja or Shaun Marsh bat at three and they should be fighting for that spot," he said.

"The rest probably picks itself...with (Steve) Smith at four, (Glenn) Maxwell (at) five, (Marcus) Stoinis (at) six and (Alex) Carey (at) seven."

Australia will play their first World Cup game against Afghanistan on 1 June.

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Updated Date: May 07, 2019 18:58:34 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
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2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
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8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
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2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
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2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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