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December 8, 2020

David Warner ruled out of first Test against India at Adelaide Oval, selectors sweat on Will Pucovski fitness – ABC News

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Australian opener David Warner has been ruled out of the first Test against India at Adelaide Oval.

Cricket Australia confirmed that Warner, who suffered an adductor muscle injury during the second ODI at the SCG, would remain in Sydney to continue his treatment.

The first Test is due to get underway on December 17.

“I feel I have made great progress in a short amount of time and it’s best for me to stay here in Sydney to continue working on getting back to full fitness,” Warner said via a statement.

“The injury feels a lot better, but I need to be able to satisfy in my own mind and to my team-mates that it is 100 per cent ready for Test match conditions.

An Australian cricketer kneels with his head on the grass after injuring himself while fielding.
David Warner sustained his injury during the second ODI against India.(AAP: Dan Himbrechts)

“Right now I feel I am short of being able to play at peak fitness and another 10 days will make a difference.”

Australia coach Justin Langer hopes Warner to be fit to return for the second Test on Boxing Day in Melbourne.

“He has done an incredible job to get to where he is today and we hope to have a fully fit David Warner at his absolute best in Melbourne,” Langer said.

With Warner ruled out, Langer will now be sweating on the fitness of young gun Will Pucovski, after he suffered a concussion in the first tour match with India in Sydney yesterday.

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Will Pucovski’s hopes of a Test debut are in doubt after copping a blow to the head in Australia A’s drawn tour match against India.

Pucovski was in line to make his debut, and was looking comfortable on 23 before a rising bouncer from Kartik Tyagi felled him.

The Victorian young-gun was able to leave the field unassisted, but looked groggy.

He has suffered eight concussions previously, and has now just nine days to recover before the Adelaide Test.

Langer also has a potential issue with Joe Burns, who has struggled with poor form this year.

The Queensland batsman has passed 11 just once in seven innings this summer, with his average sitting at 8.71.


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