Australia vs India Test series: David Warner Ruled out of first test game.
The recent development in the injury of David Warner is scary for the hosts. The Australian opening batsman David Warner is ruled out of the first test game against India starting December 17th. However, the dependable batsman will try to come back in the second boxing day test game at Melbourne.
Warner picked the groin injury during the second One Day International against India. He is currently doing his rehab program in Sydney and will remain here only to get full match fitness for the second game.
David Warner who was in drastic form in the recent games will be a key player for the Australian squad. His fitness could impact the whole series result.
Another 10 Days will be needed, Warner:
“I think I have made a good progress in the short time span and it’s best for my injury to stay here in Sydney and get full fitness before stepping into the field,” Warner said.
“The groin is a lot better, but the whole point is to satisfy my own self and to my teammates that it is 100 percent ready to play the longest format of the game.”
“Playing in the longest format demands a lot better fitness. Running between the wickets and being agile during the field are the most important aspects. At this point, I don’t think I have such fitness and another 10 days would make a good difference in the level of fitness.”
Injuries have been a major concern for the Australian this summer. A lot of their players sustained injuries. Finch also sustained the injury but returned to the field after one game.
Another batsman, Will Pucovski was struck in the helmet during the first warm-up game against India A. He was retired hurt and sent for a medical checkup. His injury concern will also be a major blow for the hosts.
Warner’s likely opening partner Joe Burns was in a stiff form last summer. He just managed to get 4 runs in the two innings of the test game against India A at Sydney.
Australia will be a much lighter side in absence of David Warner and his replacement for the first test is yet to be called.
Cricket Australia will be keen on knowing the status of Will Pucovski after the medical checkup, replacement will be called after that.
Both India and Australia will play the Border Gavaskar Trophy starting 17th December at Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane respectively.