Ashes 2021-2022, 1st Test, Day 3 Live Updates: Australia’s opener David Warner who resulted in the carnage with the bat by scoring scintillating 94 runs seems doubtful for the remaining of the clash after encountering a rib injury. Warner had bruised his ribs & didn’t take the field even after being cleared of a fracture on Friday. Warner’s absence on day three of the first test raised questions on his availability in the ongoing contest & Adelaide test.
“Still no David Warner with Jhye Richardson the substitute fielder. Cricket Australia has just told me Dave Warner has severely bruised ribs. He had a scan overnight which cleared him of any fracture, but he still is in severe discomfort with badly bruised ribs,” Fox Cricket reported on the condition of anonymity.
“He may come on at some point this afternoon. They are just going to have to monitor him. This was after a nasty blow from Ben Stokes on day two,” it added.
Jhye Richardson replaced David Warner as a substitute fielder during England’s second innings of teh first test. The development is a huge concern for Australia as he had scored 441 runs in 5 Tests at an average of 63 against England during the last editions of the Ashes series. Usman Khwaja could probably replace Warner in the Playing XI.
On the other hand, Mike Hussey reiterated that the nasty injury can take some time to heal. “It certainly can,” Hussey said.
“It is very painful and it hurts to cough, sneeze, laugh. It can take a long time to heal as well. I think mine was only minor bruising really and I was still feeling pain six weeks later If it gets you in the wrong spot it can be quite debilitating. It will be interesting to see how David Warner pulls up from a blow in the ribs,” Hussey added.
Ashes 2021-2022 1st Test, Day 3, Live Updates:
England captain Joe Root & Dawid Malan has led England’s fightback after openers departed cheaply in the second session on Friday. At the tea break, England’s score read 107/2– still trailing by 171 runs. Dawid Malan (35*) and Joe Root (26*) are currently unbeaten at the crease. The duo is heading strong & nearing their half-centuries.
Earlier in the first session on Day 3, Travis head stunning 153 off 148 balls accompanied by Mitchell Starc’s 35 guided Australia to a mammoth total of 425 runs and a comprehensive lead of 278 runs.