Former Australia fast-bowler Glenn McGrath has raised questions on David Warner’s fitness. After missing the first two Tests due to a groin injury, Warner was named in Australia’s playing eleven for the ongoing third Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). In the buildup to the Test, Warner had himself said that he was not fully fit.
Australia still took the gamble and named him in the playing eleven after the struggles of their makeshift opening combination in the first two Tests. And while it came as no surprise Warner wasn’t 100 per cent fit on day one of the Test, what was surprising was just how far below full fitness he appeared to be. The southpaw looked very uncomfortable even during his short stay which lasted for just 8 balls.
The Australia opener was dismissed for just five runs by Mohammed Siraj when he went for a wild drive outside off-stump. During this brief stay, Warner attempted to run a quick single in his trademark style but pulled up lame just short of the crease before departing shortly after. Unsurprisingly, his struggles have prompted fears that he may struggle for the rest of the Test.
And with Warner looking unfit, Glenn McGrath has questioned his fitness, saying that the opener looked a little jittery. He also expressed his concerns over Warner’s fitness. Glenn McGrath also spoke about debutant Will Pucovski who scored 62 after being dropped twice by Rishabh Pant.
“I thought it was a good toss to win. The fact that Warner was back in and they were playing Pucovski for his first Test match. David Warner to me looked a little rusty, he hasn’t played and he looked a little jittery. So, there is a concern how his fitness is,” Glenn McGrath said on Sony Sports Network.
“Pucovski on the other hand did have a little bit of luck, but I thought he looked good out there. He wasn’t overawed by the situation and he looked like he belonged (to the team) just like Labuschagne and Smith,” Glenn McGrath further added.