When David Warner was recalled to the Australian team after his 193 in Africa, his team who were 2-0 down in the Ashes against England looked to the big hitter to give them some much needed momentum.
Warner had a lot of expectation as he was selected to play in the Australian XI at Old Trafford. Rather than opening the 26-year-old was to bat at No6. Michael Clarke lead the way as he slammed a century on Day 1 of the third Test.
On Day 2, the fall of Steven Smith for 89 brought David Warner to the crease. The big hitter was welcomed by boos as the English fans weren't too happy to see him for the first time since his Joe Root pub punch incident.
Warner was suspended from the team and faced disciplinary action for his behaviour. The batsman's stay was very short as he fell for 5 after edging Graeme Swann behind to Jonathan Trott.
The 26-year-old reckoned he had not nicked the ball and chose to review the decision, but the umpire upheld the initial decision. Warner wasted a review as he was forced to walk back with the crowds booing him yet again for his lack of truthfulness as well as the Root incident.
Twitter was abuzz with reactions to Warner's revolving door performance as he failed to provide captain Michael Clarke any assistance as he toiled at 150 not out.
Here are some reactions:
Best thing about David warner's innings was the camera perpetually trained on Joe Root, presumably for signs of trepidation /fear— nicola (@ndavs80) August 2, 2013
David Warner's biggest achievement in Test cricket? Being booed onto the field by English fans, and booed off it by Aussie fans— SurAj \^o^/ (@cric_champ) August 2, 2013
now i know what David Warner means when he said he didnt think he hit Root....— Alex Picksley (@AlexPicksley) August 2, 2013
Not much difference after bringing in David Warner..wasted a review and just 5 runs..was on cards,playing out of his comfort zone at 6— MHD NRZ (@MhdNawraz) August 2, 2013
Warner will be hoping he has a better day in the field when Australia come in to bowl and will be looking forward to contributing in the second innings as the match swings in Australia's favour with them closing in on a mammoth total.
The Australians are looking to come back in the series as they are 2-0 down after losses at Trent Bridge and Lord's.