Thursday, February 25

David Warner expects to live with pain of groin injury for most of the year


“It’s just getting back that confidence to sidestep and run as hard as I can and dive around again”

David Warner has said he may feel the effects of the groin injury that has interrupted his season for up to nine months but is hopeful that he is getting closer to a return to action.

Warner suffered the injury during the second ODI against India at the end of November and missed the final ODI, the T20Is that followed and the first two Tests. He returned to the side for the Sydney and Brisbane matches when far from fully fit after Australia had patched up their opening pair with an out-of-form Joe Burns and out-of-position Matthew Wade.

He scored 5, 13, 1 and 48 in his four innings before being named in the squad for the now-postponed tour of South Africa, a format where he believes the tempo makes the injury more manageable. It remains to be seen whether he is able to play for New South Wales over the next month before heading to the IPL to join Sunrisers Hyderabad for which he’ll need an NOC from Cricket Australia.

“I am almost back to full 100% sprinting in a straight line. This next week is getting back to fielding, picking up, throwing, very difficult that was [in the] last couple of weeks, even trying to throw,” Warner said during Fox Cricket’s coverage of the first T20I in Christchurch.

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