It was a worrying sight for Australia as David Warner limped off the field during the second ODI against India. The explosive opener was in discomfort during the fourth over of second innings and scans later revealed that he suffered a groin strain. Warner was in top form as he smashed scores of 69 and 83 in the first two ODIs. But the unexpected injury has ruled him out of the final ODI and the T20 series which will follow.
Pat Cummins rested for T20 series
World’s number 1 Test bowler Pat Cummins has been rested for the T20 series. Australia coach Justin Langer shares that it is essential to manage the workload of all format players properly. Langer adds that Warner will utilise this time to prepare himself for the upcoming Test series. Both Cummins and Warner are an integral part of the Aussie Test side
“Pat and Davie are critical to our plans for the Test Series,” ICC quoted Langer. “Davie will work through his injury rehab and in Pat’s case it is important all of our players are managed well to keep them mentally and physically fit throughout what is a challenging summer.“
“The priority for both is being fully prepared for one of the biggest and most important home Test series we have played in recent years, especially with ICC World Test Championship points up for grabs.“
While D’Arcy Short has been named as Warner’s replacement, no replacement has been named for Cummins. The Kangaroos have already sealed the three-match ODI series with comprehensive wins in a row and will meet India for the final 50-over clash in Canberra on Wednesday.