Aakash Sivasubramaniam
08 Oct 2022 | 03:24 AM

David Warner hails Tim David as ‘godsend’ to Australian team

David smacked 42 off just 20 deliveries against West Indies in the second T20I

Tim David’s talent at this point is not an unknown commodity to the world of cricket. But every opportunity that he has got, the right-hander has made the world take notice of his abilities. Friday (October 7) was no different when David smacked the leather to all parts of the park at the Gabba.

Despite walking in at a tricky time, the right-hander remained fearless in his approach, scoring 42 off just 20 balls, with four boundaries and three sixes. Post the win, David Warner admitted David’s influence, stating that the 26-year-old is a godsend to the national team. 

"Now he's in our team and our set-up, it's a godsend," Warner noted at the post-match press conference. "He's an incredible player and he's got some serious power. It boosts our middle order. With his height as well, and strength, it suits us that's for sure.

With Australia missing the services of Marcus Stoinis, David has taken the opportunity with both hands. Warner insisted that his talent is really incredible, further stating that the Australian team has to find a way to utilize that raw power. 

"Each individual has their roles - we've got Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell who are our finishers - (so) where does he fit in the line-up and what's his role? Coming out and playing that role there when it was a hard wicket to start on really opens our eyes to 'how do we utilise that?'

Warner further highlighted the Singaporean-born cricketer’s exploits at the Indian Premier League (IPL), stating that his ability is incredible. 

"But even what he did for Mumbai (Indians, in the IPL), he got a couple of thirties or forties off eight or nine balls - it's incredible. You don't get these types of players every day. It's going to be good for us moving forward and hopefully there's a spot there as well, because the selectors have got a headache now."

Recollecting the match situation, Warner reckoned that Australia were in sort of a muddled position when Glenn Maxwell had been run-out. But a freak show from David, yet again, put the hosts in such a good space, making the run-chase extremely tough for West Indies. 

"You saw it there - when we lost myself and there's two new batters in, 'Maxi' (Glenn Maxwell) got run out, and he came out to play like that - that's fearless cricket. That's what we like about our brand at the moment. Everyone's owning their own space, but when you execute your skill and what you practice, that's what we want."

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