Australia’s head coach Justin Langer believes that their star opening batsman David Warner is likely to miss the first Test against India considering the seriousness of the injury. He has sustained a groin injury and has been ruled out of the remaining ODI series and coming T20I series.
During the second ODI in the fourth over of India’s innings, Warner jumped and landed awkwardly while trying to stop the ball. After which, he was seen limping and soon, the Physio attended him. Seeing him in huge pain, he was taken out of the field with support.
Justin Langer took note of David Warner’s injury and has informed that the southpaw is in a lot of pain. As they have travelled to Canberra to play the third ODI match, the former Australian cricketer stated that they would meet him in person when they return to Sydney.
“He’s strained his abductor in his groins and they tell me it’s a very painful injury,” Langer told SEN’s Sportsday WA on Monday night, as quoted by cricket.com.au.
“It looked like he got shot by a gun. He was in incredible pain in the changerooms after.
“We’ve just arrived in Canberra, so we won’t see him again for probably five or six days until we get back to Sydney.”
David Warner Doubtful For 1st Test- Justin Langer
Langer added that he was unsure that David Warner would be available to play the first Test match. He also said that it “takes a bit of pressure off” the Test selection battle between openers Joe Burns and Will Pucovski.
“I’m not holding my breath that he’ll be ready for the first Test match, but with that said he’s the sort of elite professional who will be doing literally everything possible to be ready for it,” said Langer.
D’Arcy Short has been named the replacement for Warner in the limited over series.
Meanwhile, India and Australia will play the third ODI on Wednesday (December 2) in Canberra.