Australia’s swashbuckling opener David Warner, who got injured in his groin during the ODI series against India, has been trying everything to get back in full fitness. While he already missed the first two Tests, there’s no certainty that he will play in the third one as well. However, the Head Coach Justin Langer has said on Sunday that Warner was batting well but there’s some issue still stay with him.
“There’s no-one more professional and he’s doing everything possible,” Langer said to Ricky Ponting during a lunchtime interview on Seven. “We saw him bat the day before the game, he’s batting again this afternoon at the MCG, so in terms of his batting he’s flying, it’s just trying to … he’s still having some trouble with his groin and we know how dynamic he is.”
“His running between the wickets, his movements all the time, so he’s getting closer and we’re hopeful he will come good, he’s certainly hopeful he’ll come good, but time will tell. We’ve still got a few more days to the next Test match,” he shared.
Meanwhile, in his absence, the current opening pair of Matthew Wade and Joe Burns has been struggling to make partnerships. However, it is getting better slowly as well.
“We had one 50-partnership in the first Test and we had an 86-run partnership yesterday, and you’ve also, when you have an 86-run partnership, you’ve got to turn that into 150, because you’re set and to set up the game. So we weren’t able to do that and to me, partnerships as much as anything,” he concluded.
On the other hand, Team India have been in great shape now. They have started well in the second Test against Australia where they bowled out the hosts within 195. However, former India batsman Gautam Gambhir believes that Australia’s batting is ‘fragile’ as their key player Steve Smith has been out of form and Gambhir’s comments came true which he said on the eve of the Boxing Day Test.
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