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Sports News
Highly doubtful that I will be fully fit for third Test against India: Warner
 
Melbourne, Jan 2 (PTI) Australia's number one opener David Warner on Saturday said he is "highly doubtful" about attaining full fitness ahead of the third Test against India though he will do everything possible to respond to a deseperate selection panel and team management's call.

Warner sustained a groin tear during the second ODI against India and has been racing against time to get fit for the January 7-11 third Test after missing the first two matches where Joe Burns and Matthew Wade failed to live up to the expectations.

Asked about his fitness update, Warner put things as it is.

"We have got training sessions today and tomorrow, so I can't give you any more indications where I am at. I haven't trained last couple of days but after today and tomorrow will give me a better indication of where I am. Am I going to be hundred percent? Highly doubtful," Warner said during a virtual media conference.

Cricket Australia and the team management's desperation was felt from his next statement.

"... But I will be doing everything to get on that park and play. Even if that means that I am not a hundred percent, I will be doing everything that I can if the selectors give me that green light," the dashing left-hander said.

Warner said that during a few net sessions, he didn't try to lunge forward but knows that adrenaline takes over once the game begins.

"Batting in the nets the other day, it probably helped me as I had to wait for the ball to be pitched in my area and I didn't throw my hands at it and tried playing nice and tight. It's funny in saying that.

"Look, for me, there will be some restrictions here and there. I think when you get into a game, adrenaline takes over, you sort of don't cast any doubts that you can't play those shots.

"But, at the moment, yeah, there are a few shots where if you are lunging then...."

His priority, more than range of shots, would be to check whether he is able to tap and run those quick singles.

"For me if its about my speed between wickets, that's all that matters, nothing else. More than what shots I can or can't play, it's about being able to drop and run, help the other guy.

"These are things I want to be 100 percent fit for and in this case I am not going to be," his statement made it clear that he was being pushed into playing even before his body would permit.

Another big concern will be whether he can dive or stretch on his left and right while taking catches and field at leg slip or leg gully when off-spinner Nathan Lyon is in operation.

"It's about being smart and if I feel that I can do my duty and That's like standing in the slip cordon and taking catches to my left and right. If there's a hindrance in terms of field position, that will determine, if I will play or not.

"I know I can manage running between the wickets and manage the shot making that I have.

"It's about having the capacity to manage catching balls to left and right of myself and even with Gaza (Lyon) bowling, in first slip and leg slip, it's about being agile enough to make sure that I am taking those chances.

"Because if I am not, I don't want to be dropping those chances and not giving my team best chance of taking them."

Anther example of desperation was about his rehab programme which included taking pain killer injection shots and that, he said, wasn't a pleasant experience.

"In terms of rehabs, I got a couple of jabs (injection shots) to get me pain free and the first two weeks were challenging. It was difficult to move around in bed, getting in and out of the car. The first jab allowed me to get a bit pain free and allowed me to do some rehab.

"Last 2-3 weeks has been about getting that rehab done and remaining pain free. When it comes to the tendon related issues, they hang around for quite a while.

"It's hard to get through that pain threshold and I am trying to manage everything we can to fast -track that rehab process."

The third Test will be brodcast live on Sony Six, Sony Ten 3 (Hindi) and Sony Ten 1 channels from Thursday 5am onwards.


England beats Sri Lanka by 7 wickets in 1st test
Fourth Test: Rain forces early stumps with India at 4-0 while chasing 328 to win
4th Test: Australia 21/0 at stumps, lead India by 54 runs after Sundar, Thakur fightback
NorthEast end winless streak to bag crucial points against Jamshedpur
India take tea break at 62/2, replying to Australia's 369
Australia 274 for 5 at stumps on Day 1 of 4th Test against India
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India''s campaign ends in Thailand Open; Saina, Satwik-Ashwini lose, injured Srikanth pulls out
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Test rankings: Kohli loses 2nd spot to Smith
Saina, Prannoy test negative for COVD-19 hours after positive results, cleared for Thailand Open
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Pitch is good to bat on and two gentlemen out there have proved how good they are: Ashwin
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With no turn on offer, the plan was to vary pace and create angles: Jadeja
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KERALA NEWS
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS
N. Korea''s parliament rubber stamps new development plans
 Seoul, Jan 18 (AP) North Korea's rubber-stamp parliament has passed decisions made by a major ruling
Kremlin critic Navalny detained after landing in Moscow
'Rooting hard for you': Will departure notes end with Trump?
Kremlin critic Navalny departs Berlin on Moscow-bound flight
NATIONAL NEWS
Tandav controversy: FIR against director, Amazon India head of content
 Lucknow Jan 18 (PTI) An FIR has been lodged here against the makers of web series 'Tandav' and Amazo
Smiles, sanitizers welcome students as schools reopen in Delhi
COVID-19: India records lowest fatalities in eight months
PM flags off 8 trains to boost connectivity to Statue of Unity
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