The star Australian opener David Warner, who has been in tremendous form despite admitting he is not yet entirely pain-free, has declared himself fit for the Boxing Day Test against India.
It is important to note that Warner is still recovering from a thumb complaint sustained in the second Test after being hit by a Umesh Yadav delivery. But inspite of his injury, the left-hander practiced on Wednesday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) without any massive discomfort.
Warner has been quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald Wednesday, “It was a bit sore when it hit the splice or the toe of the bat but that’s to be expected, but I feel good and I’m ready to go. (There’s been) talk about (my) bottom hand being a bit looser and it’s probably going to help me a bit I think, but when the ball hits the splice I found out today it’s going to be quite painful but I can bear that pain and I can get out there on Boxing Day.”
Although he had revealed that he felt pain while batting against spinners at the nets in Melbourne on Wednesday, but he could gather the courage to bear the pain and revealed his plans to adopt a similar approach while playing the third Test, starting Friday.
Honestly narrating the factual position, the 28 years old talented batsman said, “I tried to have a dip at the spinners to see if I could actually hit the ball as hard as I can and it did feel real sore but I had to try and grind it out and get through that pain and I was able to do that.”
Although, at present there are a few other Australian cricketers struggling with injuries, but the presence of sensational opener David Warner will become a cause of concern for team India.