Warner could make debut in Test series against NZ

Injury to all-rounder Shane Watson may force Australian selectors to consider David Warner for Test series against New Zealand Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Melbourne: Nov 23, 2011

Dashing opener David Warner could get an opportunity to make Test debut for Australia in the upcoming Test series against New Zealand if Australian selectors decide to rest injured all-rounder Shane Watson.

According to a report in Sydney Morning Herald, Australian captain Michael Clarke is believed to have informed Australian selectors that Watson should be given time to regain fitness and that the Australian selectors should not consider him for the series against New Zealand.

Watson suffered a mild hamstring injury during the recently-concluded Test series against South Africa.

The all-rounder is optimistic of a recovery before the second Test. He was quoted in SMH as saying, ”It’s going to take a couple of weeks to get my leg right to be able to start bowling. I’ll be able to bat before I can bowl flat out,” Watson said. ”It’s going to be touch and go for Brisbane but I should be right for the second Test in Hobart and build up my bowling in the next couple of weeks.”

But if Shaun Marsh also fails to recover from back injury that he suffered during the SA series, then Warner may get a national call.

But Clarke is aware of the powerful Indian batting line-up. Hence Warner s selection cannot be guaranteed as Watson s bowling services could prove to be vital in home series against India.

Clarke said, ”In a perfect world, as we’ve seen in the last six months, his bowling is crucial to our team,” Clarke said on his arrival back in Sydney yesterday.

”I think we’ve got to make a smart decision, no doubt.”