The Australian team will once again be without the services of their dynamic batsman David Warner. Warner will miss the first Test against India in Adelaide starting December 17. It was shortly announced that the star batsman would need another ten days to recover from the groin strain. The opening batsman sustained the strain during the third ODI match.
The Australian batsman notified that even though he has made a lot of progress, he does not want to risk it by featuring in the Day/Night Test. He is instead focusing on the Boxing Day Test match at the historic Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The left-handed batsman will remain in Sydney while the rest of the team will travel to Adelaide on Thursday. Australian coach Justin Langer is optimistic ahead of Warner’s return for the second Test that starts on December 26.
Langer believes that Warner is the only batsman who can go well above and beyond the game. Warner has done an incredible job to get where is he currently. The management hopes that Warner is fully fit for the test match at Melbourne, Langer further added.
However, Warner was expected to miss the first Test, but the news comes as a bit of a blow for Australia. Will Pucovski, who was backed by Langer to play the first Test, was hit on the head during the tour game against India A. This displayed a mild concussion symptom, and he was ruled out of the warm-up match. With this, it remains in doubt whether Pucovski will be available for the opening game of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Usman Khawaja mostly likely to be included in the Test squad
The absence of the two players has created problems for the Australian opening combination ahead of the first Test match. This will be the first overseas Day-Night Test for the visitors.
Back in the 2019 Pink Ball Test against Pakistan, David Warner smashed 335. It was the second-highest individual score in Tests by an Australian player. In-home Tests, Warner averages 66. During the 2018/19 test series because was his absence, along with Steve Smith, Australia lost a Test series at home for the first time to India.
Usman Khawaja who was not included in any of the Australia squads can come in as a replacement if the opening problem is not solved. Australia A and India A will lock horns for their second warm-up game at the Sydney Cricket Ground.