David Warner

David Warner played a positive knock of 71 on Day Four of the fourth Test before a batting collapse led to a 74-run loss for Australia © Getty Images

Aug 14, 2013

Australia batsman David Warner feels he could have made a difference if he had featured in the first two Ashes Tests and said he regretted the fact that he did not have enough match practice to get picked.

”I’m always going to think I could have [made a difference in the first two Tests]. It is what it is. I stuffed up and had to go away and score some runs and play the game I know I can play,” Warner said, as reported by Sydney Morning Herald.

”We were so close in that first Test when we should not have even got to where we were without Ashton [Agar]’s 98. We have played three good Test matches where we could have won and it could have gone either way.’’

Warner was sent off to Africa to play warm-up games during the first two Tests as he did not have adequate match practice. That was due to the ban slapped on him for a nightclub altercation with England’s Joe Root during the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 in June.

The way Warner began of the fourth day of the fourth Test — before a collapse occurred — it was hard to ignore the fact that Australia could have done better by not sidelining the aggressive southpaw. He was suspended by Cricket Australia’s code of behaviour commissioner for a period that included all of the team’s warm-up games before the Ashes, as well as the remainder of the one-day tournament. When he returned, Australia were already 2-0 down.