Australian opener David Warner was ruled out of the first Test against India in Adelaide. He survived a groin injury in the second ODI against India and was ruled out for the remainder of the limited-overs series. Now he has been ruled out of the first Test as well after the medical team said that he would need another 10 days to achieve peak fitness.
David Warner underwent scans after sustaining a groin injury during the second One-Day International against India at Sydney. Warner will stay back in Sydney for specialised treatments as the rest of the squad will travel to Adelaide. Meanwhile, the opener opened up on the status of his fitness ahead of the first Test.
“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,” Warner said.
“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” he further added.
David Warner further spoke about the rigorous drill sessions he will be involved in to achieve full fitness. He will be desperate to return to action after missing the last Test series back in 2018-19 due to the ban.
“That includes running between the wickets and being agile in the field. Right now I feel I am short of being able to play at peak fitness and another 10 days will make a difference” said Warner.
Justin Langer Hopeful of David Warner’s Return in Melbourne
Meanwhile, Australian coach Justin Langer said that Warner is looking forward to getting fit in time for the Boxing Day Test match in Melbourne which starts from December 26th. Australia have problems in sorting out their openers for the first Test with Will Pucovski also surviving a concussion injury in the warm-up game against India A.
“If there is one guy you know will go well above and beyond that’s Dave. He has done an incredible job to get to where he is today and we hope to have a fully fit David Warner at his absolute best in Melbourne” Langer said.