AUS vs IND: David Warner suffered a groin injury during the ODI series against India.© AFP
Australian star batsman David Warner will miss the Boxing Day test against India after failing to shake off the groin injury that kept him out of the opening game, Cricket Australia said Wednesday. The governing body said Warner and paceman Sean Abbott had also been banned from the Australian team’s bio-secure bubble in Melbourne as a precautionary measure due to a Covid-19 outbreak in their hometown of Sydney. “While neither player has been in a specific hotspot as described by NSW Health, Cricket Australia’s biosecurity protocols do not allow them to rejoin the squad in time for the Boxing Day Test,” he said.
The second test against India begins on December 26 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the teams have trained in bio-secured bubbles.
Warner and Abbott flew to Melbourne on Saturday hoping to avoid quarantine issues resulting from the Sydney Covid-19 outbreak.
But the team’s Covid-19 protocols prevented them from getting to the squad in time for the test, and Cricket Australia said Warner wouldn’t have recovered in time anyway.
Warner limped out of Australia’s second one-day international last month against the tourists in agony after sustaining the injury.
Authorities in the state of New South Wales are trying to contain a virus cluster that emerged on Sydney’s northern beaches after a long period of no transmission from the community in Australia’s largest city.
The cluster is currently at just under 100, and the state government announced a second day of single-digit growth on Wednesday and eased lockdown restrictions for Christmas.
It remains unclear whether the outbreak will affect the third test against India, which will begin in Sydney on Jan. 7.
“I know Cricket Australia is doing everything in their power to hold the Test match in Sydney, but we’ll know more about it in a few days,” Nathan Lyon told reporters Wednesday.
“Fingers crossed it is in Sydney, but more importantly hopefully everyone will stay safe and have a decent Christmas.”
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