Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting believes that the added responsibility of being the senior most batsman in the side fueled David Warner’s fight on a rain marred day in the third Ashes Test in Leeds.
With Steve Smith out, Warner battled his way through a gloomy day against the Jofra Archer led attack to score 61 as Australia were bowled out for 179.
“It was more important this game for Davey to do it with Steve Smith not being there,” Ponting told cricket.com.au on Thursday.
“You then have got to turn to your more senior players and hope that they get the job done for you.
“Knowing what Davey is like he would’ve liked the opportunity to be the most senior player in the side and so far he’s stood up really well.”