David Warner's availability for Mumbai ODI against India to be assessed

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Thu, 16/03/2023
David Warner's availability for Mumbai ODI against India to be assessed
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As Australia gears up to play three ODIs against India, starting from Friday at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, the availability of left-handed opener David Warner is set to be assessed by the visitors.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Warner will be examined by the Australian medical staff after batting in the nets before a final call is made on his availability for the opening game of the three-match series.

"He's recovered from his injury, so we'll see Dave back in Australian colours on the 17th and we'll go from there," Australia head coach Andrew McDonald said.

Warner had been ruled out of Australia's tour of India for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series midway through the second Test in New Delhi due to a concussion. He had also picked up a hairline fracture in his elbow.

The report added that while eight members of the Australian one-day squad arrived in India on Friday and trained in Ahmedabad, Warner joined the squad in Mumbai on Monday following two final rehabilitation sessions on his elbow before departing Australia.

Warner's Test form has been a concern since 2022, making just 607 runs at an average of 26.39 in 14 matches, including a double-century in the Boxing Day Test against South Africa last year.

With Australia sealing a spot in the World Test Championship final, to be held at The Oval in London from June 7-11, Warner is expected to play the prestigious match, followed by the Ashes later in the month. Warner averages only 26.04 from 13 Tests in England.

Former captain Mark Taylor believes Australia need to make a decision on Warner's future as a Test player after the WTC final. "I think the Test Championship is a godsend for Australia really. Making the final and being the top qualifier is a great achievement, but it's another Test match in England."

"After the first ODI in Mumbai, India and Australia will play the next two matches of the series in Visakhapatnam and Chennai on March 19 and 22 respectively.