ICC World Cup 2019: Australian opener David Warner struggling from a sore glute, will undergo a fitness test before the opening game

The Australian team is all set for their opening match of the tournament. They will take on Afghanistan at Bristol County Ground on Saturday.

Before the game, the Australian coach Justin Langer provided some updates on David Warner’s fitness. It seems David is suffering from a sore glute and will go through a fitness test to decide on his selection.


Justin Langer did confirm that if Warner is completely fit, he will certainly open the innings for Australia with Shaun Marsh or Usman Khawaja.

In a press conference, Langer told the media, “There are some good selection dilemmas actually at the moment which is something we didn’t think we were going to have come day one of the World Cup. Davey is going to have a fitness test this afternoon. He’s still got a sore glute.

If he passes that he will play. If he doesn’t Shaun (Marsh) and Uzzy (Usman Khawaja) will both play. If not we will have to make a choice. We’ll have to make a choice out of Shaun or Usman and that’s a really tough one to make. That’s part of being a selector and leadership, but certainly, it’s a really tough one to make.“, Langer added.


Due to the injury, Warner is having troubles in his sideways movements. The team management wants to make sure that the injury is not aggravated going into the tournament.

On being asked about the nature of fitness test, Langer said, “He’s going to have a field, we’re going to field first and see how his glute pulls up, he feels he is okay batting, running between wickets, straight lines, it’s not too bad but going side to side he is getting this trouble in his glute. A very minor strain. Had a scan. It’s just a minor strain so we will see how he pulls up“.

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