IND vs AUS Series: Australian star batsman David Warner has been named in Australia's Test squad for the remaining two Tests against India in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar series, while Joe Burns has been dropped from the side for the remaining Tests. The much-awaited third Test between India and Australia (IND vs AUS) will commence at 5:00 AM (Jan 7) in Sydney. Meanwhile, the ruthless opener hits the nets in Melbourne and gets ready to roar vs India in Sydney Test.
Warner, who had been ruled out of the first two Tests due to groin injury for ongoing India's tour of Australia. Warner has been making slow progress to regain its full fitness. Australian head coach Justin Langer has professed to some doubt over his mobility ahead of the Melbourne Test, he is expected to take his spot back in the eleven for the Sydney Test starting on January 7.
Warner had injured in the second ODI against India and has been out of action since. The opener had no hesitation in admitting that he's unlikely to regain 100 percent fitness in the next 48 hours. "I haven't run for the last couple of days. Today and tomorrow will give me a better indication of where I am. Am I going to be 100 percent? Highly doubtful. But I'm doing everything I can to get on that park and play, even if that means I'm not 100 percent," he said.
David Warner says it is ‘highly doubtful’ he will be 100 per cent fit in time for the third Test, and proving he will nonetheless be able do his job in the field looms as the final box he must tick #AUSvIND https://t.co/AH5wYK2eZQ pic.twitter.com/xNVZ1gUBcp— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 2, 2021
"David has made strong progress in his recovery from injury and will be given every chance to play in Sydney with another seven days until the match," said selector Trevor Hohns in a statement by Cricket Australia.
Australia Test Squad: David Warner, Tim Paine (Captain), Pat Cummins (Vice-captain), Sean Abbott, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Will Pucovski, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade