Cricket-Warner has no certainty of returning for third test against India – Langer


By Ian Ransom

MELBOURNE, Dec.27 (Reuters) – Opening batsman David Warner is doing everything he can to recover from a groin injury, but he is still uncertain whether he will play in the third test against the ‘India, Australian coach Justin Langer said on Sunday.

Warner tore an adductor muscle ahead of the four test series and was excluded from Adelaide’s opener as well as the Melbourne Boxing Day test.

The third test begins January 7 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

“As we’ve said in the last few weeks, there’s no professional left and he’s doing everything he can,” Langer told host broadcaster Channel 7.

“We saw him strike the day before the game. He beats (in the net) again this afternoon here at MCG. So in terms of a hitter, he steals.

“It’s just… he’s still having issues with his groin, and we know how dynamic he is, his run between the wickets, the way his movements are all the time.

“We still have a few days until the next test match. Fingers crossed, he’s ready to go.”

In Warner’s absence, Matthew Wade was promoted to the top of the Order to team up with Joe Burns, with all-round youngster Cameron Green included in the middle order.

Burns and Wade produced opening stands of 16 and 70 in Adelaide, and 10 in the opening heats at Melbourne Cricket Ground on day one of the second test on Saturday.

It’s unclear who would make way for Warner, but Burns is under scrutiny despite an unbeaten 51 in Adelaide as Australia chased a paltry victory goal to win the eight-wicket test in three days.

The Queensland right-hander scored eight in the opening innings in Adelaide and a duck in Melbourne on Saturday.


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