David Warner has made good progress in his quest to regain full fitness ahead of the third Test against India, starting on January 7. The Australia opener has already missed the first two Tests as well as the T20Is series and one ODI after suffering a groin injury during the second ODI against India in Sydney last month.
On Sunday, Cricket Australia posted a video of David Warner training in the nets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), the venue of the ongoing Boxing Day Test. David Warner looked comfortable in the nets while he batted. He was also seen running between the wickets, thus raising Australia’s hopes of having him for the next Test of the four-match series.
Australia will be desperate to have David Warner in their playing eleven after the failure to get a good start in both the Tests. In the incumbent opener’s absence, Australia have paired Joe Burns with Matthew Wade but the move has not paid off so far. Although the duo added 70 runs in the second innings of the first Test, they failed to deal with the pressure in the first innings of both the games. In the ongoing game, Burns was out for a duck while Wade scored 30.
Here is the clip of David Warner’s training in the nets:
Earlier in the day, Australia head coach Justin Langer had revealed that David Warner was batting comfortably in the nets but has not regained his full form in terms of running. Langer spoke about the opener while he was talking to Ricky Ponting during the lunch break of the second day’s action at the MCG.
“There’s no-one more professional and he’s doing everything possible,” Langer said 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 added.