David Warner can play Tests for another year, says Ian Healy

Written by Shreyas Vyas

Though David Warner has already made public his desire of quitting the Test format at the end of the ongoing series against Pakistan, former Australia wicketkeeper Ian Healy feels the opener can play the five-day format for another year.

Warner starred in Australia 360-run hammering of Pakistan in Perth with a knock of 164 off 211 balls in the first innings. The southpaw, however, has already indicated his desire to bring the curtains down on his Test career later in the series, in the New Year’s fixture against Pakistan at Sydney starting 3 January.

The century, however, has Healy thinking Warner can still add value to the Australian Test team and that he doesn’t have to part ways in the first week of the following year.

“What I love about him is his durability. We all know how fit he must be because he’s maintained his pace between wickets. I just love the way that he kept going and his feet moved,” Healy said on SEN Radio.

“This is the bit I agree about Mitchell Johnson and what he said about, Why have a swansong, your last three years hasn’t been very good and now you’re picking the way you can retire’.

“But if he bats like that, he can go another year for mine (me) until he doesn’t want to play anymore. That’s what he’s been missing in Test cricket, that footwork, balance and real bat speed when he needed it,” he added.

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