David Warner. Credits: Twitter
David Warner. Credits: Twitter

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David Warner, the Australian opener was in “severe discomfort” after copping a “nasty blow” on day two of the 1st Gabba Ashes 2021/22 Test match against England. Australian opener David Warner has not taken the field in England’s second innings at the Gabba due to “severely bruised ribs” he sustained during the first Ashes Test.

David Warner scored 94 in Australia’s first innings before he was deceived by England seamer Ollie Robinson on Thursday afternoon, chipping a slower ball directly to mid-off. He fell six runs short of becoming the third cricketer to score five Test centuries at the iconic Brisbane venue.

David Warner
David Warner (Image Credits: Twitter)

David Warner Didn’t Field After Copping A Knock From A Ben Stokes Bouncer During His 94 In Australia’s 1st Innings

However, David Warner was not spotted on the field when England’s second innings got underway. Cricket Australia revealed that the 35-year-old was off the field with bruised ribs, and West Australian seamer Jhye Richardson had replaced him as a substitute fielder. David Warner was replaced by a substitute fielder in England’s innings on day three after copping a knock from a Ben Stokes bouncer during his innings of 94 on day two at The Gabba.

Joe Root
Joe Root Photograph: Sri Lanka Cricket

David Warner is believed to have injured his ribs during the first innings of the Gabba Test, in which he scored 94. He did not bat in the second innings, in which Australia needed just 20 to win. Usman Khawaja, who was recalled to the Australian squad is likely to replace him if he’s ruled out. Queensland opener Bryce Street is set to be added to the Australian squad and will be a contender for the opening slot as well.

England was bundled out for 147 in their first innings after opting to bat first. In response, Australia piled 425 and took a massive lead of 278 runs. Joe Root showed some resistance in the second innings, scoring 89 and along with Dawid Malan’s 82, England posted 297 on the scoreboard. Australia then wrapped up the show and as expected the hosts then chased down the 20-run target comfortably.

Josh Hazlewood Will Also Miss 2nd Test As He Flew Home

Josh Hazlewood, the right-arm pacer returned to bowl six overs on day four and had Jos Buttler caught behind for 23 as Australia won by nine wickets. For Australia, losing Josh Hazlewood’s services will be a big blow ahead of the day-night encounter at the Adelaide Oval as has scalped 32 wickets at an average of 19.90 in pink-ball Tests.

In last summer’s pink-ball Test against India, Josh Hazlewood was the chief architect of India being shot out for 36 in the second innings, picking 5/8 in just five overs. Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has reportedly been ruled out of the second Ashes Test on Adelaide, starting December 16 and as a result, has flown back home. Opening batter David Warner’s participation too is in doubt.

Josh Hazlewood (Pic Source: Twitter)
Josh Hazlewood (Pic Source: Twitter)

Jhye Richardson is set to be Josh Hazlewood’s replacement, which would mean that he would play just his third Test, his first after debuting against Sri Lanka in 2019. He has picked up six wickets from two matches so far. However, Michael Neser, who picked up seven wickets, including a five-wicket haul in the first innings against the Lions could also be in contention.