David Warner suffers an injury scare ahead of the first Ashes Test
He is hopeful of taking the field on Thursday.
Published - Nov 21, 2017 11:51 am | Updated - Nov 21, 2017 11:51 am
The premier opener of Australia David Warner left the training session early after hurting his neck on Tuesday ahead of the first Ashes Test. The battle to regain the urn is all set to begin on Thursday (November 23) in Brisbane at the Gabba. Warner was seen holding his neck in pain during a fielding drill and also was in talks with the coach and the team physiotherapist David Beakley. However, he is confident of taking the field fully fit for the first Test match against England.
Warner is also the vice-captain of the team and is key to the hosts at the top in the relatively inexperienced batting line-up. He opens the innings for them and his performance will define their performance this summer. Warner swashbuckling hitting at the start of the innings has always helped the batsmen to follow and once again he would be aiming to do the same. But the injury scare might have sent the team management into the frenzy and would want to keep him away for now from training.
Hopefully I will get better tomorrow
David Warner didn’t train much after clutching his neck during a fielding drill but hoped that it will get better soon. “My neck is quite stiff. I took a high ball out there and something just twinged in my neck. I’m getting a bit of physio treatment at the moment and hopefully it’s settled down over the next 24 or 48 hours,” he informed reporters and seemed confident of walking out with the team to the field on Thursday for the first Test.
He also had a couple of throwdowns in the nets before leaving for the change rooms. “It was more of an alignment thing. I couldn’t align myself face-on with Hicky. So for me, if I’m not being able to face on him, there’s no point because I can’t angle myself and I’ll get into bad habits and that’s not how I want to train,” the 31-year-old added.
“I’ll try and have a hit tomorrow at some stage. I might have to work on my technique a little bit more, facing up. It’s quite sore. I haven’t really had a stiff neck like this one. I’ll get some treatment tonight, and get some heat packs on there and get some fingers into it and hopefully it’s better tomorrow,” Warner concluded.