David Warner to miss first Test against India

David Warner

Australia opener David Warner is all set to miss the first Test as he has been ruled out of next week’s Test series campaigner against India in Adelaide. However, he is expected to return for the second Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, according to Cricket Australia (CA) statement on Wednesday.

Warner, who got injured in his adductor muscle in the second One Day International against India, will stay in Sydney to continue his rehab whereas most of the players of the Australia squad will travel to Adelaide on Wednesday, CA further added in a statement.

“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 in the statement. “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.”

“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,” it again shared.

However, David Warner’s absence will be a major concern for Australia as he provides a solid start at the top of the order for nearly a decade now. Most importantly, he has been in a purple patch with the bat as well. On the other hand, to make thing worse, Warner’s likely replacement Will Pucovski was retired hurt during the tour match against India A on Tuesday after being hit in the helmet by a bouncer as well.

Meanwhile, Joe Burns, David Warner’s opening partner in the previous series, has also been in poor form and could score a total of four runs only from his two innings against India A in the tour match. Notably, the first Test which will be a pink ball first test, starts at Adelaide Oval from December 17, whereas the next will be played in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

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