Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Starc has downplayed fears that opener David Warner might have aggravated his groin injury during his short stay at the crease in the first innings of the ongoing New Year Test in Sydney.
Warner, who had suffered a groin strain while fielding during the second One-day International against India earlier in the summer, did not look a 100 percent fit while running the quick singles, leading to former Australian cricketers like Mark Waugh, Mike Hussey, and Ricky Ponting posting a question mark on his fitness.
Starc, however, downplayed all those doubts during an interview with Fox Cricket.
“He has been doing a lot of his rehab and been very professional about it. When you come back from injuries there is always that little bit of doubt about it. But he seems pretty fine .. no ice on,” Mitchell Starc said.
Ricky Ponting, however, raised concerns of David Warner having tweaked his groin again. The former captain observed that the southpaw started playing loose strokes as soon as he started experiencing discomfort while running between the wickets
“I hope he hasn’t tweaked it again. It was pretty much from that moment on that those loose shots started. Has not looked comfortable. Hopefully it (the injury) wasn’t playing on his mind, hopefully, he’s OK,” Ponting said.
Warner’s stay at the crease eventually came to an end after he went chasing an innocuous wide delivery outside the off-stump, giving a sharp catch to Cheteshwar Pujara in the slip cordon.