‘s form slump has turned into a nightmare with the Aussie opener removed for a golden duck in the first Test against .
The battle between Warner and South African pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada had loomed as a highlight of the Test, but the seamer made short work of the Aussie opener who was caught by Khaya Zondo at short leg.
It was only the second golden duck that Warner has fallen for in his career and the first in nine years.It continued a woeful run of form for the 36-year-old, who averaged just 25.5 in the recently completed two-Test series against the West Indies side and just 23 in nine Tests this year.
David Warner trudges off the field after being dismissed for just his second golden duck in his career and the first since 2013
‘This little battle, four times Rabada’s got Warner but it has come at 166 runs off 143 balls, usually it is entertaining, here we go,’ former Aussie wicketkeeper and commentator Adam Gilchrist said as Rabada steamed in.
The ball immediately speared up at an awkward length and caught Warner trying to defend it on the back foot, only to splice it to short leg where it was taken by Zondo in an extremely sharp effort.
‘It is a golden duck for David Warner, news make that five for Rabada, a wonderful catch in close,’ Gilchrist added as Warner departed.
‘Immediate strike by South Africa, oh what a start.’
Warner is struck on the top of the bat by a brutal short ball from Rabada which spliced its way into the air and to the fielder at short leg
Khaya Zondo stretches to reel in the ball and continue Warner’s form slump in 2022
Fellow commentator Mark Waugh praised Zondo for his reflexes to reel in the catch at full stretch.
‘It was going to be exciting and this is going to be very, very interesting batting on this pitch,’ he said.
‘What a catch at short leg.Good short one, David Warner just took his eye off the ball and he got it high on the bat, but great reflexes in at short leg.
‘Zondo in close took a reflect catch. What a start by South Africa, David Warner gone first ball.’