Australia vs India: David Warner last played Test cricket in January 2020.© AFP
Australian captain Tim Paine hinted on Tuesday that opener David Warner could play the third Test against India, while Will Pucovski is also not far from his return to competitive cricket. Paine said Warner’s recovery is on track and there is a high probability that he will play in the third Test, which starts in Sydney on January 7. “David looks very good. He has started running between the wickets so the first signs with him are very good for the third test, which is great for us,” Paine said at the post-game press conference after Australia took the second test with eight. wickets. “Pucovski is not far off to return to play. He is pretty close to return,” he added.
Warner missed the first two Tests and the previous three T20 Internationals, as well as an ODI match against India due to a groin injury. He sustained the injury during the second ODI.
His return would solidify the Australian top league as Joe Burns has been inconsistent, although he scored half a century in the second innings of the Adelaide Test.
If Pucovski is also allowed to play, it will be interesting to see if he will be asked to open alongside Warner or continue with Burns.
22-year-old Pucovski was tipped to make his Test debut in the first day / night match in Adelaide, but it was postponed after suffering a concussion after being hit on his helmet during a warm-up match.
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