David Warner Fitness, net session, Australia vs. England, second test, Adelaide Oval, Usman Khawaja


David Warner isn’t sure if he will compete in Adelaide on Tuesday after a fitness test on his injured rib, despite Brett Lee claiming he will play through the pain.

The 35-year-old was wearing chest protectors when he was thrown in the Adelaide Oval Nets in a 30-minute session on Tuesday night.

However, Warner didn’t face any bowlers and was heard screaming in pain as he tried a few pull shots during the session.

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“News from the Australian David Warner camp hit the nets tonight,” Isa Guha said on Fox Cricket.

“We understand he has had bruised ribs with a couple of pull hosts so he will be closely monitored and we will hopefully find out in the next 24 hours whether or not he will open the batting for Australia.

“If not, it will be Usman Khawaja. But did you tell Brett Lee all along that he was going to play? ”

“I think he will,” Lee replied.

“He’s a tough character. If it’s a broken rib, it’s a broken rib. It’s not that David Warner will find a way to overcome this pain.

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Australian batsman David Warner on the nets.Source: AFP

“He will handle the pain. He’ll likely be given a couple of injections or some pain medication just to get him through.

“But if he’s restricted and he can’t play a certain stroke, then it might be worth not playing.”

Mark Waugh believes Australian voters will wait and see how Warner arrives on Wednesday before making a decision on his availability for the summer’s first Pinkball test.

However, he cautioned that Warner will paint himself a target if he plays in the second Test.

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“We have a day to go so we’ll just see how this plays out,” Waugh said.

“It could get a little stiff in the morning, you don’t know.

“So he had the online session this afternoon with no pain medication, just to see how he was doing.

“One thing is for sure, if he has a rib pain the English bowlers will target him.

“They won’t serve him half a volleys the way he gets into the nets.

“It’s interesting for the voters, but let’s see how it goes tomorrow.”


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