Australian opener David Warner will return to the playing XI in the second ODI against India in Visakhapatnam on Sunday, March 19 as per reports. India won the first ODI by five wickets as Warner had to sit out as he was not fit to play the first game.
However, Chief Selector George Bailey has said that he is expecting David Warner to play both the remaining games. Warner was ruled out of the last two Test matches due to a concussion injury. He was subsequently sent home to recover from an elbow injury that he suffered in the first innings of the second Test thereby missing the last two Tests.
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“David is coming along nicely and a few more days of rehabilitation will be extremely beneficial,” Bailey said.
David Warner needed a medical clearance after being assessed by the Australian medical team to play the first ODI. However, he missed the first ODI as Australian skipper Steve Smith said that he was not fully fit to take the field.
Warner will open the batting with Travis Head. Mitchell Marsh who replaced Warner in the first ODI struck an efficient 81 and looked the most assured Aussie batter in Mumbai. The Australian management has an option of leaving Marnus Labuschagne out from the playing XI who scored just 15 in the first game.
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David Warner Has Scored 990 Runs In 21 ODIs Against India
David Warner has a good record playing against India in ODIs. He has scored 990 runs in 21 matches against India with three hundreds and six fifties at an average of 52.11 and a strike rate of 96.68. His return will certainly boost the Aussie outfit. The 36-year-old has scored 6007 runs from 141 ODIs at an average of 45.17.
Australian coach Andrew McDonald was optimistic about David Warner’s availability for all three ODIs. The first of the three games was played on Friday (March 17). Vizag will host the second ODI on March 19 followed by Chennai on March 22.
“He’s recovered from his injury, so we’ll see Dave back in Australian colors on the 17th and we’ll go from there,” McDonald said ahead of the first ODI.
The Australian coach is also hopeful of getting the services of Warner for the WTC final in June. India and Australia will play the WTC 2023 final from June 7-11 at The Oval.
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