IND vs AUS: Suspense remains on David Warner playing in Sydney Test


Melbourne: Australia’s top batsman David Warner has said that it is very difficult for him to get full fitness before the third Test against India. He, however, said that he would do everything possible to live up to the trust of the selection panel and team management.

David Warner suffered a groin injury during the second ODI against India and is finding it difficult to fit fully for the third Test to be held from 7 to 11 January. He did not even play in the first 2 Tests of the series where innings debutants Joe Burns and Matthew Wade failed to meet expectations.

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Regarding Fitnet, Warner said, ‘We have to take part in training sessions today and tomorrow, so I can’t give you more indication of what my situation is right now. I have not trained for the last few days, but after today’s and tomorrow’s training, there will be a better indication of my situation. Will I be 100% fit? It is very difficult.

His next statement, however, reveals the keenness of Cricket Australia and the team management to feed him. Warner said, “But I will do everything possible to get on the field and play.” If it also means that I am not 100 percent fit, even if the selectors give the green signal, I will make every effort.

Warner said that during some net sessions he did not try to play with his foot out, but he knows how much emotion is needed during the field. He said, “Batting on the net probably helped me because I came to know that I have to wait for the ball to fall close to me and I am not reaching it and trying to play standing in one place.” It is strange to say.

Warner’s priority is to see if he is capable of taking a quick run after playing the ball, rather than playing more shots. He said, ‘For me my speed between wickets is what matters, nothing more. More than that, which shots I am able to play or not, it has to be seen whether I am able to take a run fast after playing the shot.

Warner said, “These are things for which I want to be 100 percent fit and in this case it is not going to happen.” Another big concern is whether Warner will be able to dive to his right or left side while taking a catch or fielding in leg slip or leg alley. How keen the team is to feed Warner is also reflected in their rehabilitation program in which they were also given injections of pen killer.

He said, ‘Talking about rehabilitation, I took some injections to be pain free and the first 2 weeks were challenging. It was also difficult to move on the bed, sit inside the car and get out. The first injection helped relieve some pain and I was able to do some rehabilitation.
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