Dismissed Warner leaves to standing ovation at SCG

Retiring opening bat David Warner was dismissed for 34 in his final Test for Australia.

Retiring opening bat David Warner was dismissed for 34 in his final Test for Australia. Photo: Getty

David Warner was given a standing ovation by the SCG crowd as he left the pitch potentially for the last time as a Test batter.

The veteran Australian opener, playing his 112th and final Test, was dismissed on 34 roughly 20 minutes before lunch on day two of the third Test against Pakistan.

Injected into the attack, Salman Ali Agha’s delivery turned into middle stump and bamboozled Warner, who could only shuffle back and edge the ball to Babar Azam at first slip.

Warner, who had been dropped in the cordon on 20 earlier in the day, ripped his gloves off in self-admonishment and removed his helmet when leaving the pitch.

After overcoming a nervy six-ball cameo late before stumps on day one, he had looked in good touch all morning.

Warner was patient at the outset and then willing to punish the inexperienced Pakistani bowling attack, in particular Hasan Ali who struggled to find consistent line and length.

The 37-year-old would have been aware an opportunity had been missed on a good wicket to compile a big innings.

The crowd rose to their feet as he made his way from the middle.

But a crestfallen Warner could manage only a wave in acknowledgement and a quick thumbs-up to Marnus Labuschagne, who was next at the crease for Australia.

In a mark of respect, Labuschagne allowed Warner to leave the field before coming on himself.

Marnus Labuschagne waits as David Warner walks off after being caught out. Photo: Getty

It remains to be seen how much of a chance, if any, Warner will have to bat again later in his SCG swan song.

Pakistan made a respectable 313 in their first innings but on a good SCG wicket runs do not appear as though it will be hard to come by for a deep Australian batting order.

Provided Australia are able to continue on their way with the bat, Pakistan would need to run up a score again in the second innings to give Warner any hope of a lengthy second-innings send-off.


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