Sydney: Former Australian Test player and international cricket coach Tom Moody has said that controversial opener David Warner`s form is not good enough to warrant a place in Australia`s one-day side, regardless of his run-in with England`s Joe Root.
Since delivering consecutive one-day international (ODI) centuries against Sri Lanka in March 2012, Warner has posted only three ODI half-centuries in 18 knocks.
Moody, who was commentating during Australia`s rain-washed ICC Champions Trophy clash with New Zealand on Wednesday, said that Warner`s enforced absence had helped the team, adding that the entire fiasco over the Root punching incident was a blessing in disguise.
Quipping that Warner needed a `timely kick to his backside`, Moody said that he does not believe that Warner`s form warrants his playing in the one-day side as he has scored one half-century in his past 10 innings, regardless of what his behaviour has been off the field.
Warner`s place at the top of Australia`s Test order is also in question, especially after national selectors recalled forgotten opener Chris Rogers, adding that the explosive but enigmatic hitter averages a reasonable 39.46 in Tests, compared to his ODI average of 29.81.
Warner, who has averaged 31.53 from 16 digs at this year`s Indian Premier League tournament, despite his usual prowess in the Twenty20 format, has always maintained his desire to remain an opener, but adjusting to a new role where he is kept away from the swinging new ball down at No.6 might be his best chance at holding his place in the team.