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David Warner is great, but he is not a great player

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David Warner’s retirement is less than a week away. The Australian left-handed opener bid farewell to international cricket with the Sydney Test against Pakistan. As in any farewell, here too Warner’s achievements, Warner’s records, Warner’s contribution are celebrated. Warner is considered by many to be one of the best openers of recent times and one of the best openers in history.

However, Australia’s former coach John Buchanan does not think so. To put it bluntly, Warner has had an extraordinary career, but Buchanan is not willing to place Warner in the ranks of Australia’s ‘greats’ like Don Bradman, Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne.

‘I don’t think so’ – Buchanan’s straightforward answer to the question of whether Warner can be called a ‘great’. So how does he see Warner? As Buchanan elaborated, ‘In my eyes he (Warner) has performed brilliantly throughout his career. More than 8 thousand runs, played more than 100 Tests, more than 160 ODIs, more than 100 T20s. His batting average is standard across all editions, his strike rate is certainly high – anyone has played like that. In terms of performance, he will be among the best.

But why Warner can not be called great? There Buchanan sees ‘nothing special’ in Warner, ‘the greats of the game, in my opinion, are the players who have really done something that is almost impossible for others to do. As such, your eyes will always go to players like Bradman, McGrath, Warne. I think they are great.’


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