Ind vs Aus 2nd Test – Big setback for Australia as David Warner set to miss Boxing Day Test: Australian opener David Warner is expected to miss the second Test against India in Melbourne as he has not yet recovered from the groin injury which he suffered during the second ODI against India at the SCG last month.
Warner missed the T20I series and the opening Test against India after suffering a groin injury and the batsman was hopeful of returning to the team for the second Test.
“Hopefully I can get up and about and start running at a higher tempo,” Warner told SEN Radio earlier this week. “I managed to get up to 14 kilometres an hour so I’ve got to work towards a max of 26 to 30 kilometres an hour by next week.
“If I can run between wickets and move laterally and do some ground fielding by the end of next week, I should be ready to go. Fingers are crossed.”
However, despite an extensive rehabilitation programme, which has including using an oxygen chamber, Warner seems to be losing the race against time and is unlikely to be fit for the Melbourne Test which is scheduled to begin from Dec 26.
Meanwhile, in Warner’s absence – Joe Burns and Matthew Wade formed a new opening partnership in the first Test and added 70 in the second innings after repelling the new ball for 14 overs in the first.