Now that the Australian world has been made safe for the game of cricket, our attention can turn to the more important issues of the day, such as David Warner being handed his lowest Test batting ranking over the past two years.
The moment is not opportune, as the Aussie cricketers are slotted to tour Bangladesh. Still, Warner has slipped, according to 11th in the most recent set of rankings released by the ICC, so it is not as though he has fallen off the radar entirely.
Warner’s slump cannot be helped by the fact that he has not played since Australia lost 2 – 1 in a series with India. During that series, Warner scored 193 at 24.12 and made it beyond the half-century mark only once.
That is not exactly major slump territory for most, but for Warner, it is his lowest ranking since the 2015 Ashes. It is mainly the good form of others, such as India’s KL Rahul, who have pushed Warner down. Rahul jumped ahead of Warner to land at ninth, a career-high for him.
The problem with being on top is staying there and Warner provides the perfect example of unmet lofty expectations being viewed with an eye perhaps jaundiced out of proper proportion.
Warner seems to have lost his eye when it comes to playing overseas. Australia plays two Tests in Bangladesh later this month and if Warner cannot recover his form, he could find himself even further down in the rankings, perhaps even as low as he was over three years ago.
The latest ranking still show Aussie Captain Steve Smith at the top, 50 runs ahead of number two Joe Root, followed by Kiwi Kane Williamson and the Indian pair of Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kholi.
Between those top five and Warner, Johnny Bairstow, Azhar Ali, Hashim Amla, Rahil and Ajinkya Rahane comprise the balance of the top 10.