David Warner injury update: The Australian opening batsman had played a couple of Test matches against India despite not being at his 100%.
Australia opening batsman and Indian Premier League franchise SunRisers Hyderabad captain David Warner continues to strive towards 100% match fitness after a groin tendon injury which he suffered during the ODI series against India last year.
While Warner played a couple of Test matches against India, he wasn’t at his 100%. Speaking on Fox Cricket on Monday night, Warner put it on record that the injury will continue to affect him for the next “six to nine months”.
“Next week I’ll be picking up throwing,” Warner said on Fox Cricket. “[That was] very difficult the last couple of weeks, even trying to throw. Now it’s all about lateral (movement), running between the wickets. It’s going to aggravate me for the next six to nine months. But I’m sure the medicos will help me out there.”
Warner, 34, laid emphasis on how one has to “teach his brain” to cope up with such an injury at the highest level. Going ahead, the injury doesn’t seem to affect Warner from missing competitive cricket.
“You’ve got to teach your brain not to worry about the pain and it’s not going to happen again. It’s just getting back that confidence to be able to sidestep and run as hard as I can and dive around again. It’s more that lunging when you’re batting,” Warner added.
David Warner injury update
Warner, who hasn’t played any cricket since the fourth Test against India in Brisbane, has set a deadline of representing New South Wales in a Marsh Cup match against South Australia in Adelaide on March 4.
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After playing for his state side, Warner will travel to India for the 14th season of the IPL which is expected to begin in April. Despite the uncertainty around his fitness, Warner is highly unlikely to miss leading SunRisers in IPL 2021.
Under Warner, SRH had lost to runners-up Delhi Capitals in the second qualifier in IPL 2020 in the UAE. Top-scoring for his team last season, Warner had scored 548 runs at an average and strike rate of 39.14 and 134.64 respectively.
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