India vs Australia 2nd Test -Australia Playing XI for 2nd Test : David Warner has been officially ruled out of the Boxing Day Test as he continues to recover from a groin injury. This means Australia will enter 2nd Test against India with same opening pair and same playing XI.
34-year-old Warner, injured his groin while fielding in the ODI Series against India and is yet to fully recover from the injury and will miss a second straight Test match.
Ind vs Aus 2nd Test : Warner ruled out, Australia all set to play with same playing XI
With Warner ruled out now, Australia is all set to play the 2nd test with same XI that routed India in the first test match at Adelaide. Joe Burns and Matthew Wade will continue their makeshift opening combination after mixed results in the opening Test.
Burns had been cleared of a broken arm after he copped a nasty blow to the elbow on an action-packed third day of the first Test, when his unbeaten 51 helped Australia complete an eight-wicket win over India at Adelaide Oval.
Wade and Burns shared a 70-run stand in the final innings of the pink-ball Test before the Tasmanian fell to a bizarre dismissal as a shot rebounded off the short-leg fielder for wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha to gather and flick between his legs to catch Wade out of his ground.
Will Pucovski had already been ruled out of the Boxing Day clash with the lingering effects of concussion after he suffered a blow to the helmet while batting for Australia A in a tour match against the Indians at Drummoyne.
Abbott fit but will stay out of the match due to CA’S Covid-19 protocols
Abbott, who would have been an unlikely starter for Boxing Day, had recovered from a calf strain suffered in the second Australia A tour match.And while fast bowler Sean Abbott has returned to full fitness following a calf strain, he has also been ruled out of the second Vodafone Test, due to Cricket Australia’s strict biosecurity protocols.
Warner and Abbott both left Sydney on Saturday to fly to Melbourne ahead of the Australia squad as the COVID19 outbreak developed in Sydney, where the pair were at home recuperating from their injuries outside the team’s bio-secure hub.
While neither were in a designated COVID ‘hotspot’ identified by NSW Health, CA’s protocols do not allow them to rejoin the squad in time for the Test.