Australia are set to consider unleashing uncapped prodigy Cameron Green when they pursue an ODI series victory over India at the SCG on Sunday.
In a worrisome development for the Australian cricket team, David Warner appeared to suffer a neck injury during training today at the Gabba.
The injury occurred during fielding practice at the team’s training camp in Brisbane. After receiving treatment he returned to the nets, but left again soon afterwards.
According to Neil Breen, Warner has a pinched nerve in his neck.
— Neil Breen (@breenie9) November 21, 2017
It seems that the injury happened when he was looking to field a high ball, looking upwards into the sky.
Warner was treated by team physiotherapist David Beakley before giving an update which will have Aussie fans on the edge of their seats over the next day or so.
Warner says “it’s quote sore, I haven’t had a stiff neck like this one” hoping it will get better in 24-48 hours. Will try and bat again tomorrow. He looks very uncomfortable.
— Peter Lalor (@plalor) November 21, 2017
The 31-year-old vice-captain is one of Australia’s best batsmen, currently sitting at fifth on the ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen.
The opener has been in fine form in international cricket recently and will be a key part of Australia’s Ashes campaign.
If Warner is ruled out of the first Test, Australia could turn to Matthew Renshaw to fill the gap at the top of the order less than a week after the Queenslander was dropped from the side.
Alternatively, they could shift Shaun Marsh to opener, alongside his state teammate Cameron Bancroft and bring in a middle-order player to bat at number six.
Warner has been banging the drum ahead of the upcoming series against England.
He likened the Ashes to war in an interview with the ABC last month, saying, “The history, the pride that is at stake. As soon as you step on that line it’s war… You try and get into a battle as quick as you can. I try and look in the opposition’s eye and work out how can I dislike this player, how can I get on top of him.”
Warner also has a bit of history with the English captain, having punched Joe Root in a Birmingham bar in 2013 and being banned for part of that year’s tour of England.