Australian vice-captain David Warner has come out in the defence of his captain Steve Smith after he was criticised for not enforcing the follow-on and his field settings were questioned against Pakistan at Brisbane, which allowed them to crawl back into the game, and even be in a position from where the game could have gone either way. Australia managed to pull of a 39-run win, bowling out Pakistan for 450 on the last day.
Warner termed the criticism as bizarre, as he said, “It’s bizarre people are mentioning things about the way he went about the game with his field placements, his bowling changes, the way he used Gazza. At the end of the day we did win the game. There would be a lot more talk if we didn’t.”
“Pakistan played very well. They backed themselves and played their shots. They got into a fantastic position to win the game. But we know that Test match cricket comes down to that last day, that last hour … and that delivery from Starcy was right on the money. But if they can take confidence out of losing I don’t know. We won the game.” Warner concluded.