David Warner, Australia’s opener has been ruled out of the first Test against India after missing the last ODI and subsequent three-match T20I series, but will try to return for the second instalment starting on Boxing Day, Cricket Australia said Wednesday.
David Warner suffered a groin injury while attempting to save a shot hit by Shikhar Dhawan in vain after scoring 83 in the second ODI for the winners of ODI series, Australia.
David Warner Made Progress, But Will Stay At Sydney To Work Getting Back To Full Fitness
David Warner is on the way recovering from a strained adductor muscle that forced him to limp out of Australia’s second one-day international against India last month, after a knock of 83 off 77 balls. He scored 69 off 76 balls in first ODI. His absence saw Australia losing third ODI and subsequent T20I series 2-1.
“I feel I have made great progress in a short amount of time and it’s best for me to stay here in Sydney to continue working on getting back to full fitness,” David Warner said in a statement.
David Warner is in great form in tests too, after scoring career-best unbeaten 335 against Pakistan and 24th hundred against New Zealand in previous test series.
David Warner: Injury Feels Lot Better But Will Take Field Only If 100% Fit
David Warner feels he needs some more days to be back into full fitness and play at least three tests after missing the first test.
“The injury feels a lot better, but I need to be able to satisfy in my own mind and to my team-mates that it is 100 percent ready for Test match conditions.”
The cricketer who will take David Warner’s place is being under question with failures of Joe Burns and Will Pucovski. Still, all-rounder Cameron Green’s recent century for Australia A against a strong India XI attack has put him in contention for a spot. Cameron Green scored an unbeaten 125 off 202 balls.
In contrast, fellow young prospect Will Pucovski and veteran Joe Burns, who were in line to form Australia’s top order, flopped in the warm-up match. While Joe Burns scored four and 0, Will Pucovski scored one in first innings.
He scored 23 off 39 balls in the second innings but was retired hurt after suffering a concussion as a Kartik Tyagi bouncer hit him on the helmet. It is to note that while Joe Burns is not having a good Sheffield Shield series, Will Pucovski has scored two consecutive double tons to remain in contention for a maiden test berth.