India vs Australia Test Series : Justin Langer on David Warner, ‘I doubt he will be ready for first test’

Australia coach Justin Langer has said he doesn’t expect opening batsman David Warner to be fit for the opening Test against India starting on December 17.

Warner injured his groin while fielding in the second Dettol ODI against India and scans confirmed a strain that will keep him sidelined for the remaining white-ball games.

Langer appeared to confirm fears his absence may extend into the Vodafane Test Series, quipping it “takes a bit of pressure off” the Test selection battle between openers Joe Burns and Will Pucovski.

“He’s strained his abductor in his groins and they tell me it’s a very painful injury,” Langer told SEN’s Sportsday WA on Monday night.

“It looked like he got shot by a gun. He was in incredible pain in the changerooms after.

“We’ve just arrived in Canberra, so we won’t see him again for probably five or six days until we get back to Sydney.

“I’m not holding my breath that he’ll be ready for the first Test match, but with that said he’s the sort of elite professional who will be doing literally everything possible to be ready for it.

“We’ll see what happens, but he’s going to be a loss that’s for sure.”