Australia’s summer of cricket has been thrown into disarray after David Warner suffered an apparent groin injury while attempting to field in the second ODI.
After a brilliant 77-ball 83 with the bat, Warner’s night came to an end early on in India’s innings when he attempted to field an on driver from Indian opener Mayank Agarwal.
Warner dived to his left and appeared to strain his right groin and immediately limped off the field in the hands of the trainers.
Former Australian speedster Brett Lee suggested that Warner could have potentially ripped his groin “off the bone” due to his immediate reaction to the injury.
However, the full extent of Warner’s injury is still to be determined, with the 34-year-old was soon driven to hospital to get scans during India’s innings.
Warner’s injury all but rules him out of the remainder of Australia’s limited-overs hitouts against India, the third ODI and the three Twenty20 fixtures.
The veteran faces a race against time to be fit for the Test opener in Adelaide on December 17.
Warner’s injury comes at a time where the main discussion in the lead-up to the India tour has been who his opening partner will be for the first Test.
The race to be Warner’s opening partner appeared to have been narrowed down to young gun Will Pucovski and the incumbent Joe Burns.
Now in a cruel twist of fate, the pair could both be opening with Warner sitting on the sidelines.
Australia’s selectors were criticised for seeking Warner’s opinion on who should be his Test partner in recent weeks, and Test great Shane Warne fired a cheeky shot after his injury.
“Maybe they’ll interview Will Pucovski and say, ‘Who do you want to bat with?’,” Warne said on commentary for Fox Cricket.
Australia’s more immediate concern will be who replaces Warner for the T20 series, and Warne suggested that wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey could be shuffled up the order.
In the meantime, Justin Langer will hope to have his star man fit and healthy in Adelaide, after he missed India’s visit down under in 2018 due to the ball tampering suspension.