Australia vs India: David Warner to play 3rd test even if he is not fully fit.
Australia vs India: Star Opener David Warner is most likely to play the 3rd test match at Sydney Cricket Ground against India even if he is not fully fit. Australian assistant coach Andrew McDonald said in the statement to risk Warner even if he is not fully agile.
Warner was previously ruled out of the first two test games against India after he failed to recover from his adductor muscle tear. Warner sustained the injury in the second ODI game while fielding and since then he is out of cricket. However, Cricket Australia has named Warner in the 18-men strong squad for the third Sydney Test which is scheduled to begin on 07th January.
Opener Joe Burns has been dropped from the squad for the 3rd test and Australia will look for a new opening pair and most likely Warner will be one of the openers along with Will Pucovski or Matthew Wade. Burns has an awful previous test that resulted in an eight-wicket loss to level the series 1-1.
“Warner may not be 100% sure. Who is coming off an injury? You never know until you get out there,” McDonald told reporters on Thursday.
“Look, if he’s 90-95% fit and the conversation is that he’s fit enough to be able to go out there and perform his duties for the team, then I’m sure that’ll be a conversation the coach has with the player.”
Will Pucovski recovered from his ninth concussion:
Another opener Will Pucovski who was ruled out due to a concussion is also included in the squad. He has cleared the concussion protocols and will be available to play 3rd test.
Pucovski had his ninth concussion recently and Australia will have to be 100% sure about his playing conditions. He will be out for practice along with his mates.
Matthew who was promoted to open alongside Joe Burns has impressed the management as he provided tight opening in three of his four innings.
However McDonald says, he is best suited in the middle order for Australia and we will look into that situation also.