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David Warner injury could ruin third Test hopes

Australian opener David Warner is uncertain to play in the third Test, with coach Justin Langer revealing the extent of his injury.

Warner injured his groin in the second ODI against India in Sydney on November 29, and he has been forced to miss the first two Tests due to not being able to run properly.

The third test will be held from January 7, either in Sydney or at the MCG.

“He’s still having some trouble with his groin, and we know how dynamic he is, his running between the wickets, the way of his movement all the time,” Langer told Channel 7 on Sunday.

“We saw him bat the day before the game. He’s batting again this afternoon here at the MCG. So in terms of his batting, he’s flying.

“So he’s getting closer and we’re hopeful that he will come good. He’s certainly hopeful he’s going to come good, but time will tell.

“We still have a few more days till the next Test match. Fingers crossed he’s ready to go for that third Test match.”

“As we’ve said for the last few weeks, there’s no-one more professional and he’s doing everything possible.”

Warner has been batting in the nets in Melbourne isolated from the rest of the team, as he flew there from Sydney where there is a COVID outbreak in the Northern Beaches.

If he is ruled fit to play, stand-in opener Matthew Wade will move back down the order in place of either Travis Head or Cameron Green.

But Wade could also be needed to stay at the top of the order if Joe Burns, who was out for a duck in the first innings a the MCG, fails to register a score in the second innings.

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