Steve Smith backs Dave Warner to save his Test career on Boxing Day

Australia star Steve Smith believes David Warner will thrive under pressure as the out-of-form veteran fights to save his Test career on Boxing Day.

Warner is running out of chances to bow out of red-ball cricket on his own terms after being removed for a golden duck and three by South Africa spearhead Kagiso Rabada during the two-day Gabba Test.

The 36-year-old has not made a Test century since January 2020, and failed to pass 50 against West Indies during big wins in Perth and Adelaide.

Warner hopes to play Test cricket until at least the end of next year’s Ashes, with a tour of India looming before the five-match series in England.

But the decision could be taken out of his hands after averaging just 20.61 in 10 Tests this year.

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