David Warner’s participation remains doubtful for the third Test against India as Australia head coach Justin Langer on Sunday said that the opening batsman is still having some trouble in his groin injury. Warner was ruled out of the Boxing Day Test as the left-handed batsman was not fully recovered from a groin injury suffered in the ODI series against India. Warner has made noticeable progress as he returned to batting but his running between the wickets is still a concern.
“There’s no-one more professional and he’s doing everything possible. We saw him bat the day before the game, he’s batting again this afternoon at the MCG, so in terms of his batting he’s flying, it’s just trying to… he’s still having some trouble with his groin and we know how dynamic he is,” Langer told Ricky Ponting during a lunchtime interview on Channel 7.
“His running between the wickets, his movements all the time, so he’s getting closer and we’re hopeful he will come good, he’s certainly hopeful he’ll come good, but time will tell. We’ve still got a few more days to the next Test match,” he added.
The third Test between the two sides will be played from January 7 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Langer feels that the side needs to bring up partnerships in the game to put India under pressure in the ongoing second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
“A bit like the first Test, just our partnerships,” Langer said when asked what he had been disappointed by. “We’re not going to set up games as well as we could – if you look at our partnerships in the first Test match in the first innings and then yesterday, we have to get a lot better at that.”
“We had one 50-partnership in the first Test and we had an 86-run partnership yesterday, and you’ve also, when you have an 86-run partnership, you’ve got to turn that into 150, because you’re set and to set up the game. So we weren’t able to do that and to me, partnerships as much as anything,” he added.
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