Australia 2020: David Warner Suffers Groin Injury, Pat Cummins Rested

David Warner
David Warner injured after Diving to stop the ball

David Warner suffered a groin/adductor tear while fielding against India in the second ODI.

He hobbled off the field after making a diving save and was taken for scans later on.

The incident occurred in the fourth over as Warner stopped a ball at mid-off.

After scans, David Warner has been ruled out of the final ODI and T20 series as well.

Australia has announced D’Arcy Short as Warner’s replacement while the vice-captain, Pat Cummins, has also been rested.

After a long IPL and two ODIs, Pat Cummins has been rested, likely, until the start of the test series.

David Warner has been crucial to Australia’s success with two consecutive half-centuries

David Warner’s injury is not considered to be severe enough to leave him out of the test side yet.

His recovery will be monitored as he has 18 days to recover for the tests.

The time left is short, and David Warner will be in a race against time to get fit, but he is likely to be available for the tests as of now.

Warner has been a crucial factor behind the ODI series success for Australia.

He made half-centuries in both innings and laid the platform with strong opening stands along with Finch.

His starts allowed Smith to come out and score with freedom as Australia piled up big scores.

David Warner is a menacing batsman in home conditions, and Australia will be hoping he makes it for the tests.

He can be aggressive from the start and throw bowlers of their game, which will be crucial in the test series.

Pat Cummins, meanwhile, has been rested after an extended quarantine and an IPL season, in which he played a crucial role for his side.

Another injury update is that of Mitchell Marsh.

Mitchell Marsh suffered an ankle injury in Hyderabad’s first game of IPL 2020.

Pat Cummins rested for remaining limited overs games

He continues to recover from the injury and is not in the Australia A side for the warm-up matches against India.

He is targeting a significant bash return with Perth Scorchers as he hopes to make a full recovery.

In David Warner’s absence, Australia will look at the options available for the opening spot.

Short is on standby, but the presence of Matthew Wade may mix things up during the selection.

There is Cameron Green, who is still waiting for a debut after being in the headlines.

He is an all-rounder and is not likely to come in for Warner as the Australians may look at other opening options.

Cameron Green may, however, still be in line to come in for Pat Cummins.

Marnus Labuschagne is another batsman who has shown interest in filling in for the opening spot.

Labuschagne has been used in the middle-order for the first two ODIs and has played a crucial but underrated role in the second ODI.

Labuschagne hit 70 as he rotated the strike well and ensured Smith and Maxwell were given a fair amount of strike.

He had a good strike-rate with just five boundaries, which highlights his running skills.

With all that has been seen of Labuschagne over the last year, he certainly can adapt to the top spot and has read the situations well.

Green, Abbott, and Tye all seem likely, with Abbott as the front-runner due to his additional batting skills.

There has been a long-standing debate of who opens with Warner in the test side.

Joe Burns and Will Pucovisk have been the two players in the debate.

While Joe Burns is an experienced player, Pucovisk has done an exceptional job in Shield Cricket, adding spice to the debate.

The first test starts on December 17th, and Warner’s recovery will be a topic to keep an eye on.

Sanjay Sanapoori

A mechanical engineering student, who has immense love for cricket. Been a fan of the game since 2009 and would love to stay involved with Cricket someway or the other.