Warner, 36, endured a difficult tour of India earlier this year, and while the Delhi Capitals skipper has shown attacking intent, scoring 516 runs in 14 matches in the IPL, he will have a tough time in the fickle English environment.
Nevertheless, Warner, who is likely to embark on his last tour of England, has received much approval from Khawaja, who said his core player looks good for the challenges ahead.
I’ve seen him (Warner) play the last couple of days, and, I don’t want to jinx it, but he looks good, ICC quoted Khawaja as saying.
Although Warner was included in the Australian squad for the WTC final and Ash’s first two Tests, selectors also picked Marcus Harris and Matt Renshaw as options, but Khawaja believes that if the veteran cricketer ends up among the players, he will give it his all.
This is probably the best I’ve seen him look in a set in a while. It doesn’t always correlate with results, but if we have a chance of Davey Warner scoring points, it could be him. He always plays best when his back is against the wall, Khawaja added.
Warner, aside from a superb double hundred in a game against South Africa last December, has struggled with runs of late, scoring just 26 runs in three Test innings during a recent tour of India before returning home with an injury.
He also had a memorable campaign during the last Ashes, returning with a 9.50 average, the worst for an opener who played 10 innings with 36-year-old fastball Broad of England.
We saw him score a double century in his 100th game when everyone was writing him off and saying he was done, and this was his last game and he went out and scored 200. A great player can never be written off, so I expect him to win, Khawaja said.
Warner said he is likely to stick to his task during the tests and not get into any altercations with England players, especially Broad, who limited the Australian to just 95 runs with an average of less than 10 during the last England Ashes.
This (banter) just sells newspapers and baiting, so I won’t get involved in all that. I’ll leave it up to them, Warner said of the Ashes series starting at EdgbastonJune 16.
No real buffoonery on the field today. You just have to play quality cricket and try to succeed. These days everything is much more interconnected than it used to be, which I think is very good for the game, he added.