SYDNEY, Dec.23 (Reuters) – Australian opener David Warner will miss second test against India this week because he left a biosecurity bubble to receive treatment for a groin injury that would have ruled him out of the game anyway, Cricket Australia said on Wednesday.
Warner missed Australia’s eight wicket victory over Tourists in the series opener last week, but was hopeful to be in good shape for Boxing Day’s test at Melbourne Cricket Ground, which begins on Saturday .
Bowler Sean Abbott was also unable to rejoin the squad after leaving the Sydney bubble for treatment due to a calf injury, but it seemed highly unlikely he would find his way into the camp after that Australia dismissed India for 36 in their second round in Adelaide.
Both players had flown to Melbourne early before the state borders were closed following a COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney and will now join the team ahead of the third test, which is expected to be held at Sydney Cricket Ground from January 7.
“Cricket Australia’s biosecurity protocols are not allowing them to join the team in time for the Boxing Day test,” Cricket Australia said in a statement.
“Warner has not fully recovered from a groin injury sustained in the ODI series against India and would not have been available for the second test,” he said.
“Abbott has recovered from a calf strain suffered in Australia’s A touring match against India and has reportedly been available for selection for Boxing Day testing.”
The players will not be replaced in the Melbourne test squad, making it likely Australia will stick to the impromptu opening partnership of Joe Burns and Matthew Wade.