Australia opener David Warner has admitted the groin injury that kept him out of half of the Test series against India over the new year might still be causing him pain for another nine months.
- David Warner is scheduled to play in the IPL in April
- Warner, who was commentating on Australia’s T20I against New Zealand, revealed he would begin fielding training next week
- However, he admitted he still had pain from the injury, which he said he’d feel for much of this year leading up to the Ashes
The 34-year-old, who sustained the injury in an ODI against India in November, missed the first two Tests against the tourists before playing partially fit for the remainder of the series as Australia slumped to a 2-1 defeat.
The left-handed batsman will be key to Australia’s hopes of retaining the Ashes when England tour at the end of this year.
However, Warner said he might not be playing pain-free until just before that series.
“I am almost back to full 100 per cent sprinting in a straight line,” he said while commentating on Australia’s first Twenty20 against New Zealand on Monday.
“This next week is getting back to fielding, picking up, throwing — very difficult that was, last couple of weeks, even trying to throw.
“Now it’s all about lateral (movement), running between wickets, building that up.
“It’s just the tendon that has got that slight tear in it now.
Warner, who was scheduled to captain Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League in April, was selected for Australia’s Test tour of South Africa, but that was aborted because of health concerns.
He said he had spoken with other athletes who had suffered similar injuries.
“They have just said it’s a niggle,” Warner added.
“It’s just getting back that confidence to sidestep and run as hard as I can and dive around again. Once I get that, I will be right to go. It’s just not 100 per cent there yet.”