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Mark Waugh calls for David Warner to open with Aaron Finch in World Cup

David Warner was sent at number 3 on his return to Australian colours earlier this week in a practice game against New Zealand XI.

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Sydney Published on: May 07, 2019 18:33 IST
David Warner was sent at number 3 in the practice game
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David Warner was sent at number 3 in the practice game against New Zealand XI.

Australia’s former batsman and national selector Mark Waugh has called for David Warner to open for the team in the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales.

Warner batted at number three during a World Cup warm-up match against a New Zealand XI in Brisbane on Monday. In-form Usman Khawaja was sent to open alongside captain Aaron Finch.

"I would definitely have him (Warner) opening," Waugh told the Big Sports Breakfast radio program.

"He is the number one opener in my opinion, so he has got to open with Finch.

"He is the most dangerous when the field is up and the field restrictions are in place and he can get the team off to a flyer."

Warner enjoyed a brilliant stint with Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL this season, sitting comfortably at the top of the run-getters’ chart with 692 runs in 12 innings, racking up eight half-centuries and one hundred in the process.

For Australia, the dashing southpaw who is making a return after serving a one-year ban, has opened in all his 104 ODI innings.

But what puts Khawaja ahead is the fact that he is the highest run-getter in ODIs for Australia this year with 769 runs to his name.

Waugh, though, said he isn't sure if Khawaja should be an automatic choice for Australia's best XI, adding it should be a toss-up between Khawaja and Shaun Marsh for the number three spot.

"I think either Khawaja or Shaun Marsh bat at three and they should be fighting for that spot," he said.

"The rest probably picks themselves...with (Steve) Smith at four, (Glenn) Maxwell (at) five, (Marcus) Stoinis (at) six and (Alex) Carey (at) seven," said Waugh who was part of Australia's 1999 World Cup winning team.

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