The fiery left-handed opener David Warner has admitted he is still suffering from the neck injury he sustained two days before the start of much-awaited Magellan Ashes Series at the Gabba.
However, Australia went into the match with their predicted eleven, despite Warner and Shaun Marsh suffering from little injuries on the eve of the first Test.
As rain delayed the start of the second session, Warner was seen having a chat with Wide World Sports’ Ian Healy, where he admitted he was still in pain by “good to go”.
“It’s literally a pain in the neck, but I was always going to be up for it, a few painkillers here and there, but I’m out here now and I’m roaring. I’ve chased a few to the boundary, which hasn’t helped. But a bit of adrenaline, a few drugs in the system and it’s good to go,” the 31-year-old Warner stated.
The southpaw added he was not “trying to look up”, as the teammates were passing the ball to him at mid-off on its way back to the bowler and further stated it is still causing problems while batting at the nets.
“It was a bit bizarre. I’ve never really had a stiff neck. It’s sort of gone down the spine per se but it is quite hard getting out there in the nets and trying to face up. I’ve got the old Shiv Chanderpaul and the JL (Justin Langer) front-on look at the moment. But look, I’m looking forward to getting out there and facing the challenge that’s for sure,” he further mentioned.
Warner was also heard saying the veteran Shaun Marsh’s injury took the team by surprise; however, he is also raring to go.
“We didn’t know until it (news of the injury) got out. He’s obviously had a bit of a history there. He said he’s ready to go, I think he’s had a jab and he doesn’t look as stiff today,” Warner signed off.