India and Australia are to have a 4-match Test series from 17 December. Australia has now suffered a major setback before the start of the Test series as its opener David Warner will not be able to take part in the pink ball test.
David Warner’s hamstring was pulled and left the match midway while fielding during the second ODI against Team India. He was then ruled out in the third ODI and T20 series as well. Warner is expected to return to the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne. ICC on its Twitter account shared the news of Warner’s exit from the first Test.
Warner has given a statement regarding his injury in which he said he feels making a significant recovery in such a short time and it’s better for him to stay in Sydney and work on his fitness so that he can be fully fit.
Australian coach Justin Langer said that he is expected to be fit before the Melbourne Test. The first Test match between India and Australia will be historic since it will be played in Adelaide with Pink Ball and this would be India’s first day-night test abroad.
The absence of Warner will be a tough situation for selectors to choose a replacement since Will Pucovski suffered a head injury in the practice match against India A while Joe Burns is in poor form.