Cricket news | David Warner injury, six to nine months still in recovery for Test opener

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Australian Test opener David Warner has revealed that he’ll be struggling with his groin injury for the next six to nine months – potentially to the brink of next summer’s Ashes.

Warner tore a groin tendon last November in an ODI game against India, ruling him out of the first two Tests of a 2-1 series defeat.

He played the final two Tests but was clearly still injured. The left-hander, 34, revealed that the injury will be a long-term issue.

“I am almost back to full 100 per cent sprinting in a straight line. This next week is getting back to fielding, picking up, throwing; very difficult that was, last couple of weeks, even trying to throw,” Warner said on Fox Cricket, during Australia’s first Two match against New Zealand.

“Now it’s all about lateral [movement], running between wickets, building that up. It’s just the tendon that has got that slight tear in it now. It’s going to aggravate me for the next six to nine months but I am sure the medicos will help me out there.″⁣

Warner will be a key figure in the home Ashes clash and desperate to atone for a miserable tour of England in 2019, in which he made just 95 runs across 10 innings.

Turning 35 in October, Warner may be drawing near the end of his Test career. He made 441 runs at an average of 63 in the 2017-18 home Ashes series, which resulted in a 4-0 series win for Australia.

He made scores of 5, 13, 1 and 48 when he returned against India, still hobbled by the groin problem. He had been selected for the Test tour of South Africa that was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.

Warner said that long-form cricket was easier on the injury, compared to explosive T20 games. He said that mentally dealing with the problem was the hardest part.

“I have spoken to a few people that have actually had that type of injury and they have just said it’s a niggle,” he said.

“You have just got to teach your brain to not worry about the pain and that it’s not going to happen again. It’s just getting back that confidence to side step and run as hard as I can and dive around again.

“Once I get that, I will be right to go. It’s just not 100 per cent there yet.″⁣

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