Australian opener David Warner has been ruled out of the first Test against India starting on 17 December in Adelaide due to a groin injury. Warner said that he wants to get away from being 100 percent fit in Test cricket and his goal is the Boxing Day Test starting in Melbourne on 26 December.
The 34-year explosive opener, Warner said, “Now the injuries are better than before, but I want to get down 100 percent fit for my comfort, so that the run and fielding between the wickets will remain as expected.”
He said, ‘I am not at that level right now. There will be a lot of difference in the next 10 days. ‘Warner was hurt during the second ODI and he could not play the third ODI and three T20 matches series in Canberra.
Australian coach Justin Langer said, “Hopefully he will be fit before the Melbourne Test.” I am confident. ‘Warner’s absence from play will increase the headache of selectors regarding the start of the innings.
Will Pucovski suffered a head injury in the practice match against India-A. The second opener, Joe Burns, is in poor form.
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Meanwhile, the 12-member Australia-A squad has been announced. A second practice match will be played in Sydney against India from 11 December.