Australia sweat over David Warner’s fitness ahead of World Cup opener against Afghanistan

Written by Vipin Darwade

Ahead of their tournament opener on June 1 against Afghanistan, defending champion Australia is sweating over fitness of David Warner – who has suffered a gluteal injury on his right leg during the training session. Aussie coach Justin Langer said that there is a bit of soreness on his right glute and management needs to make sure that he is fully fit to take the field on Saturday.

“He [Warner] was a bit sore on Wednesday. He’s just a bit sore in his right glute. He is desperate to play, he’d love to play like all 15 players would,” Langer said on Thursday. “He’s jumping out of his skin, his energy is up and he’s laughing a lot which is a good sign. He’s really keen but we’ve got to make sure he can move, particularly in the field,” Langer said.

“We’ll have a pretty good idea today, how he moves and how he pulls up in the morning. What I’ve expressed to him is that it’s really important to be fair to the other players as well. We don’t want to get to Saturday morning then make a call with a couple of guys wondering if they are going to play. The earlier the better, he knows that and collectively we’re really strong on that,” Langer added.

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