Australia vs India: Head coach Justin Langer confirmed the hosts are hopeful of having David Warner back for the 3rd Test but the injured opener is still having issues with his strained groin.
David Warner still has issues with his groin, confirms Justin Langer (Reuters Photo)
- David Warner was ruled out of the 1st 2 Tests due to a groin strain
- Justin Langer said Warner still has some issues with his strained groin
- Australia are hopeful of having Warner back for 3rd Test, starting January 7
Australia head coach Justin Langer on Sunday said David Warner is doing all that he can to recover from the groin stress that kept him away from the first 2 Tests of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series against India. Langer said the big-hitting Australian opener is having no issues when it comes to batting but there are still some issues with his groin.
Justin Langer revealed David Warner will have a net session at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday and his progress will be monitored over the next few days. The Australia head coach said that the hosts are keen on having Warner ready for the 3rd Test, starting January 7 in Sydney.
Warner missed the T20I series after picking up a groin strain in the ODI series against India. He was ruled out of the 1st Test due to the groin strain. While Warner arrived in Melbourne well ahead of the Boxing Day, Cricket Australia revealed that he was not fit enough to take the field in the ongoing Boxing Day Test.
Warner along with fast bowler Sean Abbott are training in Melbourne but the duo is yet to join the rest of the Australian squad due to CA’s quarantine protocols.
“Well, as we have said for the last few weeks, there is no one more professional. He is doing everything he can. We saw him batting before the Test, he is batting again at the nets this afternoon. So in terms of his batting, he is flying,” Langer told Channel 7.
“But he is still having some trouble with his groin. We know how dynamic he is, his running between the wickets and his movements. He is getting closer. And we are hopeful that he will come good. He is certainly hopeful that he will come good. Time will tell. We still have a few more days to go to the next Test match. Fingers crossed he is ready to go the next Test match.”
Australia desperately need Warner back in the mix as Australia’s make-shift openers Joe Burns and Matthew Wade are struggling against the quality of the Indian attack. With Will Pucovski ruled out with a concussion, Burns and Wade have made Australia’s batting vulnerable at the top.
Joe Burns was dismissed for 0 in the first innings of the Boxing Day Test while Matthew Wade played a loose shot to get out to R Ashwin after getting set. Australia were bundled out for 195 in the first innings with Jasprit Bumrah picking up 4 and Ashwin chipping in with 3 wickets.