Australia’s pedestrian congestion set to worsen as top four cities slow down

David Warner’s retirement has left a significant hole in the current lineup due to his striking abilities. While there have been numerous suggestions for his replacement, none have been able to match his scoring speed. It is assumed that Cameron Green will replace Warner, thereby altering the career strike rates for the current top four. The combination of these players brings the rate to 56.1, but over the past two years, their individual rates have slowed down significantly. This situation has led to the conclusion that the top-order scoring speed has indeed fallen to nearly five runs per 100 balls. This is especially evident in the legacies of Warner and Smith who have found it difficult to score freely in recent times.

Even if Warner’s replacement, Cameron Green, performs at his best, the combined strike rate of the top four will still fall. When compared to past top four combinations, the current scenario is much slower in scoring runs. It seems that expectations for scoring speeds have been raised due to Warner’s relentless speed. Therefore, finding a suitable replacement for Warner has become a challenge for the Australian selectors. It is evident that none of the current contenders provide the same impetus as Warner did. As a result, it may take a less credentialed T20 player to take up the baton as Warner’s successor. This suggests that Australia may be heading into a more sedate era where slower scoring becomes the norm, unless a suitable replacement can be found to bring back the heady days of aggressive batsmen like Hayden and Ponting.