After diving to his left to stop an off-drive from India opener Shikhar Dhawan, Australia’s talismanic opener David Warner looked in severe pain that might result in him missing the third ODI between India and Australia in Canberra.
David Warner looked to be in scintillating form, partnering with his high-flying opening partner Aaron Finch, but unfortunately, the Aussie opener suffered an adductor muscle injury in a fielding mishap at the SCG that has now kept Australia on their toes.
While Aaron Finch asserted that it would take a lot for Warner to be available for the final ODI at the Manuka Oval, Cricket Australia are awaiting the scan reports to understand the severity of the injury and if it will have an impact on the impending Test series as well. Glenn Maxwell confirmed the same in the post-match press conference.
“Hopefully the scan comes back and he’s okay, but it didn’t look good there. He didn’t really want me to carry him off. It didn’t help that he’s a lot shorter than me and couldn’t reach up. But it seemed like he was in a bit of pain,” Maxwell said after last night’s win.
Carey to open in absence of David Warner?
Now, the Australian team management will be fretting over their new opener with Alex Carey and Glenn Maxwell available in the team. While the South Australian wicket-keeper opened in three matches in 2019, Maxwell, who did the job only once, might be another option.
However, given his scintillating form in the lower middle-order might push the side not disturbing the dynamics. Steve Smith understands the gap that Warner’s absence will leave on the side who has been an absolute monster in the first ODI, demolishing Indian bowlers’ confidence with the new ball.
“Fortunately we’ve wrapped up the (ODI) series so the next game’s probably not as important as if we got beaten tonight,” Smith said after collecting his second Player of the Match award in as many ODI outings.
“But he’s been batting exceptionally well. His energy out in the middle is outstanding at the moment. He’s running as well as I’ve seen between the wickets. He’s always been good, but he’s doing it on another level at the moment. And just the partnership with Finchy up top, I think they complement each other really well and they’ve got us off to some terrific starts.”
The third ODI of the series will be played in Canberra on December 2 (Wednesday).