David Warner has been greatly missed with Australia’s makeshift opening partnership coming up short to the extent that his former partner Joe Burns has been dropped for the third Test.
David Warner has not played Test cricket for Australia in nearly a year (Reuters Photo)
- David Warner, who missed first 2 Tests, has been out of action since November’s 2nd ODI
- Warner is likely to play the Sydney Test even if he is not fully fit
- Nathan Lyon said Australia will look to draw inspiration from 2019 Ashes to bounce back vs India
Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon is confident that opener David Warner will be back in the playing XI for the remaining two Tests against India in Sydney and Brisbane, respectively.
Warner, who missed the first 2 Tests, has been out of action since last year’s 2nd ODI against India in which he limped off the field with a groin injury.
The left-handed batsman returned to training Melbourne in December during the Boxing Day Test which Australia lost by 8 wickets to squander their 1-0 lead in the four-match series.
Warner has been greatly missed with Australia’s makeshift opening partnership coming up short to the extent that his former partner Joe Burns has been dropped for the third Test.
Notably, the Australian camp has hinted that Warner will play the next match at the Sydney Cricket Ground even if he is 90-95 per cent fit.
“David is a x-factor. He is a world-class batter. I am 100 per cent expecting David to go out there in the next couple of Tests and do well,” Lyon told reporters on Monday.
Australia won the day-night series opener in Adelaide but the tourists rebounded with victory in Melbourne earlier this week.
With their backs against the wall and momentum shifting in India’s favour, Lyon said they will look to draw inspiration from their 2019 Ashes campaign in England and how they fought back in that series after the heartbreaking Headingley Test defeat.
“You can always draw from all different experiences. It doesn’t have to be in England, it can be in South Africa or wherever,” Lyon told reporters.
“You’re always learning. We’ll have a meeting just before the game and reflect … we have to make sure we keep our feet on the ground, stay in the contest.
“The India-Australia series is getting up there alongside the Ashes, as a pinnacle for the Australian cricket side. It’s massive … there is something special building,” Lyon said.