David Warner’s participation in the third Test against India looks highly unlikely as Australia head coach Justin Langer gave an update on the opener. The southpaw has been sidelined since last month after suffering a groin injury while fielding in the second ODI against India. He has made good progress so far but is still not fully fit and is struggling to regain his former dynamism.
Speaking to Ricky Ponting during lunch break on day two of the ongoing Boxing Day Test, Langer revealed that David Warner was now batting comfortably in the nets but has not regained his full form in terms of running. The left-handed batsman is now in a race against time to be fit for the third Test which is scheduled to start on January 7.
“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.
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.