David Warner has been ruled out of the second Test, as he is still recovering from a groin injury.
He obtained the injury during the second ODI while fielding the ball at mid-off.
The injury ruled him out of the limited-overs leg, leaving Warner in a race against time to get fit for the first Test.
David Warner, unfortunately, couldn’t make the first Test, resulting in a new opening pair.
Despite missing the first Test, there was the hope of David Warner making the second Test, but he will be sitting out for another game with the progress not going as expected.
In his absence, Australia opened with Joe Burns and Matthew Wade.
The first Test was Matthew Wade’s first first-class game as an opener.
The opening pair did a decent job in knocking off a low target in the fourth innings.
The injury has allowed Joe Burns another chance to keep his place in the side as he has been struggling for form over the last few months.
With a chance in the middle, Joe Burns made a half-century in the second innings.
The knock was one of his best in recent months and helped him regain some form.
With the bowling doing well, David Warner was not missed too much, as the opening pair also did a decent job.
Along with David Warner, Will Pucovski is unlikely for the second Test.
Will Pucovski was a debatable option for the opening spot after showing excellent form in the domestic season.
He was a contender for the opening spot, with Joe Burns as the other option.
Considering Pucovski’s superior numbers, the young player had a great chance to make his debut.
An injury to Warner all but sealed Pucovski’s place as he looked set to open with Burns.
However, a concussion in the tour game changed the plans as Pucovski was ruled out of the first Test.
He may miss the second Test as well, as he is yet to recover from the concussion.
The third player who will not be contending for a spot in the second Test is Sean Abbott.
During the tour game, Sean Abbott complained of a calf strain, which has led to his exclusion.
He is confirmed to miss the next Test.
With the Australian bowlers doing well, there was not much of a possibility of Sean Abbott getting a game, but his injury now leaves them without one of their back-up bowlers.
Unlike Warner, though, Sean Abbott is reported to have recovered from his injury.
Though he has recovered, he will not join the squad due to the bio-security protocols in place.
As he left the team’s bio-secure hub, Abbott and Warner will have to go through specific procedures before returning.
The protocols prevent both players from returning to the squad before the boxing day Test.
Both players have not been in any hotspots and will be permitted to enter the hub after the boxing day Test.
Though they cannot join the squad, the two players have been flown to Melbourne early.
With a Covid-19 outbreak on Sydney’s northern beaches, the two players were rushed out to prevent being affected by any restrictions that may be kept in place at Sydney.
The two players are now recuperating in Melbourne and maybe in contention for the third Test.
David Warner and Sean Abbott, and Rohit Sharma will likely join their respective bio-bubbles after the third Test’s conclusion.
The Boxing Day Test is set to begin in three more days, with Ajinkya Rahane leading in Virat Kohli’s absence.