Warner, Abbot ruled out of Boxing-Day Test
Australian players David Warner and Sean Abbot ruled out of the Boxing-Day Test against India, as both players spent some time in Sydney out of team’s bio-secure bubble.
India and Australia are gearing up for the second Test of the Border-Gavaskar trophy. The well-poised first Test ended up on Australia’s side within one hour of the afternoon session on day three. India will be lacking the services of their regular skipper Virat Kohli and the right-arm pacer Mohammed Shami for the remaining Tests.
Meanwhile, Australia continue to miss the service of their prominent left-handed opening batsman, David Warner, as he is yet to recover fully from the groin injury he sustained during the ODI series. Along with the Southpaw batsman right-arm fast bowler, Sean Abbot is also ruled out for the Boxing-Day Test at Melbourne.
The fast bowler got a calf strain during the tour game between India A and Australia A. Even though the pacer is recovered from the injury, he will not be joining the Australian squad. The main reason is both players spent time in Sydney outside the team’s bio-secure protocols. Now the sudden rise in the COVID-19 cases there raised this issue and made the two players stay out from the team.
“Warner and Abbott spent time in Sydney outside the team’s bio-secure hub to recover from injury. While neither player has been in a specific ‘hotspot’ as outlined by NSW Health, Cricket Australia’s bio-security protocols do not allow them to rejoin the squad in time for the Boxing Day Test,” a Cricket Australia release stated.
“The pair traveled from Sydney to Melbourne to continue their rehabilitation given the changing public health situation in Sydney at the time.” At the same time, uncertainties are growing over the third Test which is scheduled to play at SCG.