In the second ODI of the India Tour of Australia, the hosts beat the visitors by 51 runs and sealed the series with a comprehensive win in the second game of the three-match ODI bilateral series. The Aussies posted a target of 390 for the Men in Blue, in reply India could only score 338 at the loss of nine wickets. India is yet to play 3 T20Is and 4 Test matches against the Aussies. The biggest drawback from the second ODI for the hosts was David Warner’s injury. The southpaw has been in a good form and managed to score two consecutive half-centuries.
The Aussies have to find a suitable replacement for the in-form opener who was limping out of the ground due to a groin injury during the second ODI. Australia’s batting line-up seems to be in good touch, there are several players that would replace Warner in the opening slot. Here are three players who could be a possible alternative for David Warner for the third ODI:
- Alex Carey
Alex Carey has been playing the role of a finisher for Australia at number 7. He scored a quick 17 in the first ODI and didn’t get an opportunity to bat in the second ODI. Carey has been doing a good job as an opener for Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash. Carey is also a left-hander which makes him a strong contender for David Warner’s slot in his absence.
- Marcus Stoinis
Marcus Stoinis opened for Delhi Capitals in IPL along with Shikhar Dhawan and managed to accelerate in the powerplay. The all-rounder could play a similar kind of role at the top order for his national team also. Stoinis had good Big Bash 2019-20 season in which he scored 705 runs in 17 matches, the all-rounder could replicate the same success for Australia also.
- Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labuschagne made a name for himself from being just a substitute for Steve Smith to being a reliable batsman for Australia at number four. The right-handed batsman has scored 466 runs at an average of 42.36 in the 12 ODIs he played so far in his limited-overs career. With a 70 in his previous game, Labuschagne is in a good form and is the most reliable option for replacing David Warner.