Australia cricket team head coach Justin Langer has confirmed that star batsman David Warner, who copped up a groin injury, is running out of time to be fit for the first Test against India. The four-match Border-Gavaskar series kicks off from December 17 with the day-night game.
Meanwhile, Warner sustained a groin injury while fielding in the second ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Warner limped off in the fourth over of the second innings having tumbled in the field to save a single from the bat of India opener Shikhar Dhawan.
David Warner doubtful for first Test – Justin Langer
The southpaw looked in immense pain as he clutched his groin as he got to his feet while the team’s physio sprinted onto the field. The swashbuckling batsman underwent a scan and now has returned home for his rehab in a bid to achieve fitness for the first Test starting December 17.
As he race against time to be fit for the first Test, Justin Langer underlined that David Warner strained his abductor in his groins, highlighting it as a painful one. Langer said that Warner would not be seen for another five or six days until they get back to Sydney.
“He’s strained his abductor in his groins and they tell me it’s a very painful injury. 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,” Langer told SEN’s Sportsday WA.
Adding further, Justin Langer stated that David Warner will give his everything to acquire full fitness. However, chances are very slim which will see debutant Will Pucovski and Joe Burns open the batting for Australia in the first Test match.
“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,” Langer added.