Australia is worried over David Warner's fitness ahead of World Cup opener against Afghanistan on Saturday, Australia is anxious over fitness of key batsman David Warner - who suffered a injury on his right glute.
Australia will take on Afghanistan in their ICC world Cup 2019 opening match. Defending champion Australia will start their ICC World Cup 2019 campaign on June 1 against Afghanistan at County Ground, Bristol. When asked about Warner's injury and his availability for the opening fixture, Australia's 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 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.
Warner scored 345 runs at an average of 49.29 in ICC World Cup 2015 edition. He returned to the national team after serving a one-year ban for his in involvement in a ball-tampering. The Australian batsman missed the final warm-up match against Sri Lanka last week and Khawaja opened the innings as a replacement along with Aaron Finch.
If Warner will not make it to the opening fixture due to his injury, then Khawaja - who scored a half-century in the warm-up game against Sri Lanka at Southampton, is likely to open the innings with Finch against Afghanistan on Saturday.
"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.