Australia vs. India: CA Rules David Warner out of Boxing Day Test

David Warner

Australia is going to be missing their star opener, David Warner, for the upcoming second test against India. Along with the South Paw, all-rounder Sean Abbott was also omitted from the Boxing Day Test. The pair will, however, return to the squad ahead of the third test.

David Warner has been on the sidelines; after he sustained a groin injury during the second ODI against India last month. As a result, he missed the third ODI, three T20Is, as well as the first Adelaide test. Abbott, on the other hand, returned to full fitness after a calf injury; but was omitted from the game due to Cricket Australia’s stringent biosecurity protocols.

David Warner and Abbott will return ahead of the third test

Both David Warner and Abbott left Sydney last Saturday to travel to Melbourne ahead of the Australian squad; while the COVID-19 outbreak formed in Sydney; where the pair recovered from their injuries outside the team’s bio-secure centre. Although none of them were found in the COVID ‘hotspot’ identified by NSW Health; the CA protocols do not allow them to join the squad in time for the test. As a result, the pair will return to the Australian squad ahead of the third test.

“Warner and Abbott spent time in Sydney outside the team’s bio-secure hub to recover from injury. While neither player has been in a specific ‘hotspot’ as outlined by NSW Health, Cricket Australia’s bio-security protocols do not allow them to re-join the squad in time for the Boxing Day Test,” a Cricket Australia release stated. “The pair travelled from Sydney to Melbourne to continue their rehabilitation given the changing public health situation in Sydney at the time.”

David Warner’s absence means that Australia is more than unlikely to take an unchanged XI to the second test with Joe Burns and Matthew Wade maintaining their makeshift opening mix. Wade and Burns will have faith on their side after sharing a 70-run stand in the second inning of the Adelaide Test with the latter to score an undefeated fifty in the 8-game victory.