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Australia vs India: David Warner not likely to feature for Boxing Day Test

December 23, 2020

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David Warner’s presence in the second Test against India is still doubtful. The opener has not been playing since the second ODI against India after sustaining a groin injury. 

The team selectors will also think about who will be dropped once Warner gets fit again. The Australian team had brought in a debut to the pace-bowling all-rounder Cameron Green. Whereas Matthew Wade opened the innings for the first time in the red-ball format. His performance in the T20 format was so far the best.

On the other hand, Pucovski is also going to miss the Boxing Day Test as he is yet to recover from a concussion. This will also mean that Australia will continue with the same opening pair Joe Burns and Matthew Wade. There were several questions over Burns’ form, but for now, he has managed to save his place. He smashed an unbeaten half-century in the 90-run chase in the first Test.

As far as Warner is concerned, he is confident of regaining fitness soon. The 34-year-old was also under an extensive rehabilitation program. His availability for the upcoming matches seems too tight according to ESPNCricinfo. 

He stated that hopefully, he could start running at a higher tempo. He managed to get up to 14 kilometers an hour. Now he has to work towards a maximum of 26 to 30 kilometers an hour. Warner believes that if he can run between wickets and do some ground fielding by the end of next week, then he is set to play.

Whom will replace David Warner?

Australian team management will have to take a tough call after their incumbent opener returns. It will remain to see if the hosts revert to their six batsmen formula again. If that’s the case, then Green will have to make way while Wade will be brought to the number six slot. 

However, if the selectors retain Green, then mostly Wade will have to be dropped which will be unfortunate for the hosts. This is going to give some sleepless nights to the team management as they keep their fingers crossed.

The quintessential Boxing Day Test and one of the most significant occasions on the Australian cricket calendar will commence from December 26 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The third Test match between the top-notch teams is going to take place at Sydney Cricket Ground from January 7.

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