Australians at the IPL 2021

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The major story of the week for the Australians came off the field rather than on it

What now for Warner?

There’s only one place to start. All is not well at the Sunrisers Hyderabad, especially for David Warner. Last week he questioned team selection, then he produced his slowest T20 half-century (which he held his hand up about), and now, in a dramatic twist, he has lost the captaincy and been left out of the side. His overall IPL record reads: 5447 runs at 42.22 and a strike rate of 140.13. For the Sunrisers, those numbers are: 4012 runs at 50.78 and a strike rate 142.82. Both the average and strike rate are significantly down this season, but it’s a rapid fall from grace. The decision has been explained around the Sunrisers’ poor start to the season and the need to rejig the balance of overseas players (perhaps highlighting the challenge when there is an overseas captain). The hints were that there may not be a quick return for Warner, either, although the Sunrisers were on the end of a Jos Buttler special and went down by 55 runs. Interesting times.

For more analysis on the Warner decision, you can read Nagraj Gollapudi’s piece here.


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