Australia head coach Justin Langer has not delivered what a piece of discouraging news from their perspective. Justin Langer reckons that opening batsman David Warner might be a doubtful starter in the four-match Test series against India this summer. Warner, who scored two half-centuries in two ODIs against India, suffered a groin injury in the second ODI, forcing him out of the rest of the limited-overs games.
David Warner made a brilliant diving save in the second ODI in Sydney when Shikhar Dhawan hit one down the ground. However, in the process, the 34-year old injured his groin, displaying discomfort on Sunday. He went for an immediate scan that revealed a groin strain that confirmed that he would not participate in the final ODI or the subsequent ODIs.
Justin Langer underlined that David Warner strained his abductor in his groins, highlighting it as a painful one. The Western Australian labelled the same as like he got shot by a gun, being in excruciating pain. Langer added that Warner would not be seen for another five or six days until they get back to Sydney.
“He’s strained his abductor in his groins and they tell me it’s a very painful injury. It looked like he got shot by a gun. He was in incredible pain in the changerooms after. We’ve just arrived in Canberra, so we won’t see him again for probably five or six days until we get back to Sydney,” Langer told SEN’s Sportsday WA.
I’m not holding my breath that he’ll be ready for the first Test match: Justin Langer
Justin Langer further said that being one of the best professional players, David Warner will do everything in his power to be fit for the first Test in Adelaide. However, the chances are slim. The potential absence of Warner at the top could mean that Will Pucovski and Joe Burns opens the batting for Australia.
“I’m not holding my breath that he’ll be ready for the first Test match, but with that said he’s the sort of elite professional who will be doing literally everything possible to be ready for it,” the 105-Test veteran added.