Australian test opener David Warner has revealed he will suffer from his groin injury for the next six to nine months – potentially on the verge of ashes next summer.
Warner tore a tendon in his groin last November in an ODI match against India, excluding her from the first two tests of a 2-1 series loss.
He played the last two tests but was clearly still injured. The left-hander, 34, has revealed the injury will be a long-term problem.
“I’m almost back to sprinting 100% in a straight line. Next week I’m coming back to the field, picking up, throwing; very difficult it was, the last few weeks, even trying to throw,” Warner said on Fox. Locust, in Australia’s first game against New Zealand.
“Now it’s all about the side [movement], running through the wickets, building it. It’s just the tendon that’s got this slight tear now. It will make me worse for the next six to nine months, but I’m sure the medicos will help me there. ″
Warner will be a key figure in the Ashes’ home clash and despair of atoning for a miserable tour of England in 2019, in which he only completed 95 races in 10 innings.
At 35 in October, Warner may be nearing the end of his Testing career. He averaged 441 points on an average of 63 in the 2017-18 Ashes home series, which resulted in a 4-0 win for Australia.
He scored 5, 13, 1 and 48 on his return against India, still hampered by the groin problem. He had been selected for the test tour in South Africa which was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.
Warner said long form cricket was easier on the injury, compared to explosive T20 games. He said mentally dealing with the problem was the hardest part.
“I spoke to a few people who had this type of injury and they just said it was an inconvenience,” he said.
“You just have to teach your brain not to worry about the pain and that it won’t happen again. It’s just about getting that confidence back in us to step aside and run as hard as I can and dive again.
“Once I figure that out, I’ll be right to leave. It’s just not 100% yet.”
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