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David Warner Admits Rushed Comeback from Groin Injury Against India Set Him Back

David Warner Admits Rushed Comeback from Groin Injury Against India Set Him Back

Australia opener David Warner admitted he regrets the decision to rush back into action for the third and fourth Tests during the series against India.

Australia opener David Warner admitted he regrets the decision to rush back into action for the third and fourth Tests during the series against India. Warner said that he chose to come back without giving his groin injury sufficient time to fully heal up as he felt the team could have used him during the final two Tests. However, Warner’s form was poor during the Tests – he scored 5, 13, 1 and 48 during the four innings in which he batted – and he didn’t give himself enough time to heal from the injury, something he has only managed to do so now when the tour of South Africa got called off.

“It put me back a little bit. Looking back in hindsight, I probably wouldn’t have done that. If I’m thinking about myself and the injury, I probably would have said no,” Warner told reporters.

“I’ve had this time to heal and obviously with South Africa being called off, it gave me a bit more time to get that strength work done.”

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Warner also spoke about how much time he wants to be playing the sport, given he will be 37 when the 2023 World Cup takes place in India and that in recent times cricket tours have become more strenuous due to the need to quarantine and spend time in bio-secure bubbles.

“We’ve got a good opportunity to play that (2023 World Cup) and win in India. The core team there, with the age group as well, it’s probably going to be the last for a few of us.

“Then obviously it’s a given you just have to call it time, unless you’re going to play until you are 41. From a Test cricket point of view, I’d love to play as long as I can.”

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Australia are currently not scheduled to play a Test match until next summer unless India lose the fourth and final Test of the series against England, meaning Tim Paine and co. will contest the World Test Championship final against New Zealand later this year at Lord’s.

However, their schedule remains jam packed. The T20 World Cup will be followed by the Ashes, meaning there will be selection dilemmas aplenty for the two important events. However, Warner is not worried about that prospect.

“Those three hours you are allowed out – which we are extremely grateful for – you’ve got to fit your speed, skills and everything in.

“It is very different. It’s probably why you’re seeing a lot of soft-tissue injuries around the world, not just in our sport.

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“There’s going to be questions raised about how we go about that, but England are going to be in the same circumstances as well.”



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2 New Zealand 2406 115
3 India 3085 114
4 England 4326 106
5 Sri Lanka 2454 91
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2 India 6102 117
3 New Zealand 3716 116
4 Australia 4344 111
5 South Africa 3345 108
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2 Australia 6800 272
3 India 10186 268
4 Pakistan 7516 259
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