Warner declared fit to face Afghanistan

Australian opening batsman David Warner is declared fit to play Australia’s campaign opener against Afghanistan in Bristol.

Warner in ICC CWC 2019

The defending champions Australia will start their campaign, taking on Afghanistan on Saturday. Ahead of their campaign opener, the defending champions were stuck with an injury scare in the form of their opening batsman David Warner.

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The left-handed batsman was said to have pulled out midway from the team’s training session in Bristol with complaints of a stiff glute muscle on the right leg and was attended to indoors. Head coach Justin Langer later confirmed that Warner was ‘a bit sore’, and a decision on his availability was impending.

Finally, the defending champions have got the desired news they wanted as David Warner is declared fit to play against Afghanistan on Saturday in Bristol. At a news conference the day before Australia’s opening game, skipper Finch said: “Davey’s fine, he’ll play tomorrow [Saturday].”

The left-handed opening batsman will replace Usman Khawaja as the opening partner of Australian skipper Aaron Finch. Usman Khawaja or Shaun Marsh will be at the no.3 position, but that is yet to be decided before the match.

“Dave and I have had a great partnership over the years. That was a pretty key part of our 2015 World Cup win,” explained Finch.

“Whichever way we decided to go with that, it didn’t faze me either way. Davey’s destructiveness in the powerplay is a huge reason why he’s one of the best players in the world. When he gets in he can be so dominant.

Usman or Shaun, whichever we go at three – Usman’s the number three batter in Test cricket so there’s no issues around whether he can do it. Shaun was very successful when he’s done it over the last 12-18 months.”

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