David Warner names his replacement for Australia's opening Test slot

David Warner  names his replacement for Australia's opening Test slot
Marcus Harris was chosen by seasoned opener David Warner to take his place as Australia's red-ball cricket opener.

Warner and Usman Khawaja shared a 90-run opening stand, demonstrating the importance of experience. The 37-year-old lost his 38 from 83 deliveries after he got close to Salman Ali Agha's off-break.

Warner supported Harris to replace him following his knock, stating, as cited by ESPNcricinfo, "It's a tough one." Of course, that's up to the selectors. But from my vantage point, I believe Harry has been the one who has put in a lot of work and has been there in the background for a while. He's been on tour; he will get that opportunity. He recently scored a hundred [for a Victoria XI].

"He missed out on a couple other games but he's always been that person who was next in line. If the selectors show faith in him, then I'm sure he'll come out and play the way he does. It's not too dissimilar to me. If he sees it in his areas, he goes for it, plays his shots, and I think he would fit well," Warner added.

Harris struck a flawless 126 off 131 deliveries against Pakistan in their two-day clash while playing for Victoria XI.

Warner further went on to express his belief in opening partner Usman Khawaja to keep the second opener spot for the coming years.

Khawaja looked comfortable and hardly put a foot wrong during his knock of 42 on a surface that seemed to aid the pacers.

"I think because Uzzy's spoken about the fact that he was resigned to the fact that he was done a few years back and now he's just playing like every game is his last," Warner said.

"He's going to keep playing as long as he can and it's a true testament to the way his mindset has been. His last 12 months have been absolutely phenomenal and he can play as long as he wants to and feels comfortable," Warner added.

Coming to the match, Australia can be content with a stumps total of 187/3 on a rainy Melbourne day that saw nearly a session lost to rain on Tuesday in the 2nd Test of the three-match series.