Australia’s explosive opener David Warner on Saturday said he is still fighting to be match fit for the Third Test against India in Sydney and added it was “highly doubtful” he’d be 100 per cent if he did play.
Warner was named in the squad after he sat out the first two Tests with a groin injury.
“We’ve got a training session today and tomorrow so I can’t give you any more indication of where I’m at,” Warner told media. “Am I going to be 100 per cent? Highly doubtful.”
After rejoining team training, he was confident in his batting but was still uncertain he would be able to hold his own in the field in his current condition.
But, he said, the final call would be made in the coming days and he was preparing to be part of the side.
If he does run out for Australia, he will likely replace Joe Burns who was dumped from the squad after struggling in the last two Tests.
While debutant Will Pucovski is also expected to be fit after a concussion in warm-up matches, Warner said selectors were still weighing up who would be his potential opening partner with Matthew Wade also putting his hand up.
Australia won the opening Test in Adelaide by eight wickets, with India levelling the series on Tuesday with an eight-wicket win in Melbourne.
Despite an outbreak of Covid-19 in Sydney, Cricket Australia has confirmed the third Test will be held at the SCG on January 7,