David Warner is officially ruled out of the first Test in Adelaide.
The groin strain has still not allowed him to recover, and he is now going to have to wait to play the Test series.
David Warner injured his groin while diving to stop a ball in the second ODI.
The incident happened early in the second innings, and Warner walked off not to return later.
Warner was taken to the hospital shortly after, and the news of his injury came out, as he sat out of the remaining white-ball games.
The injury has gotten better to some extent, but he is still not fit enough to play at a hundred percent.
David Warner is likely to come back for the Boxing day Test in Melbourne.
Warner and Smith were not present during the last Test series against India.
Their absence made a difference as Australia lost 2-1, and with both stars returning, the series is expected to be more competitive.
There has been a debate on the opening pair, with Will Pucovski and Joe Burns contending for the vacant opening spot.
Pucovski has shown good form in Shield Cricket this season, while Joe Burns has been a part of the side for a considerable period.
Burns has formed a good opening partnership with David Warner, which strengthens the debate.
The debate, however, has taken a new turn following the tour game.
Will Pucovski has suffered from a concussion and is the latest player to come under the injury cloud.
Pucovski has put up a string of good scores off late, and the injury may be a set back if he is made to sit out for longer.
In David Warner’s absence, he may have made his debut as Burns’s opening partner.
With Pucovski’s status uncertain, Australia may have to look at other options.
Joe Burns has also been a topic of discussion, as he is struggling with low scores.
The experience and rapport he shares with David Warner may allow him to be given more chances.
The selectors may also look at the likes of Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh.
Both veterans have had many spells with the nation, but dips in form have left the national side.
Given the situation, they may be in line for another chance in the national set-up.
The second tour game may help Australia look at the fringe players in their squad.
Sean Abbott and Mitchell Swepson are both a part of the group and will be given a chance to prove themselves.
Sean Abbott has not had a tremendous T20 series and will need to put it behind him, while Mitchell Swepson will be looking to carry his form into the longer format.
Joe Burns and Cameron Green are other members of the practice game.
The practice game will allow Cameron Green to prove his fitness and ability, as the management has made it clear that they want Green at full fitness.
On the other hand, Joe Burns will need to do well to cement his place as the opener.
He has not been at his best, which is likely to be his best chance to prove his worth in the set-up.
The practice game is likely to be a pink-ball affair, and the Indian side may play more of their Test specialists as players return from the white-ball side.
Virat Kohli, Mohammad Shami, and Jasprit Bumrah’s participation are uncertain, but they may still be in line to play.
India has its own set of injury concerns to deal with.
Ravindra Jadeja’s concussion and hamstring are still uncertain, as he may miss the first Test.
Ishant Sharma has been ruled out of the tour, while Rohit Sharma may make it back for the last two Tests.
Along with these, Virat Kohli will be leaving after the Adelaide Test, missing the next three matches.