David Warner, Australia’s opening batsman, won’t be going on the Indian tour. The batsman will miss the following two Border-Gavaskar Trophy Tests after sustaining an elbow injury and a concussion in the Delhi Test.
The Australians lost the second Test by six wickets after establishing a lead of 114 runs and losing nine wickets in the opening session. For the second time in the series, India completed the target chase before the first three full days of play had even began, taking six wickets in the process.
David Warner’s decision to go home after being ruled out of the remainder of the series has further hurt Australia’s chances of taking part in the Qantas Tour of India.
After being struck by India fast bowler Mohammad Siraj in the grille of his protective batting helmet during Australia’s first innings, Warner was forced to leave the second Test in Delhi last week due to a concussion.
After that blow, Warner received a rising delivery that smacked him in the arm. Unfortunately, x-rays revealed that the left-hander had also suffered an elbow hairline fracture, which prevented him from participating in the remaining Tests.
David Warner struggled with his form in the first two Tests, scoring just 26 runs from his three complete innings. He was replaced in Delhi by Queenslander Matthew Renshaw as a concussion replacement. As a result, he is unable to take part in the final two Tests in Indore and Ahmedabad.
The 36-year-old former Australia vice-captain is anticipated to play in the three-game ODI series that follows the Tests.
Warner has been ruled out of the Qantas test tour of India and will return home after being struck on the elbow during the second Test in Delhi and suffering a hairline fracture. After more testing, he will need to undertake rehabilitation, which will preclude him from taking part in the final Test series, according to a statement issued this afternoon by CA.
David Warner “is now likely to return to India for the three One-Day Internationals that follow the Test Series,” according to Cricket Australia.
Josh Hazlewood, an Australian fast bowler, has already been declared out for the remainder of the season due to Achilles tightness. Two other players of the Test team, Mitchell Starc and Cameron Green, also missed the opening two games of the series while receiving treatment for finger injuries.
Both teams now have a couple additional days off after India won the second Test on Sunday in just three days. The following match will be played on March 1 in Indore. A three-game ODI series between Australia and India is also set to start on March 17.