David Warner says Indian Test return has hampered his recovery from groin injury


Opening batsman David Warner has conceded his decision to play in the final two Tests of the recent series against India wasn’t in the best interests of his groin injury.

Warner suffered the injury in a one-day international in November and missed the opening matches of the Test series.

He returned for the third Test in Sydney, where he scored 5 and 13, before making 1 and 48 in the fourth match in Brisbane.

He was named in the squad for this month’s tour of South Africa, which was subsequently cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.

Speaking ahead of his domestic return for New South Wales, Warner has admitted the decision to return for the SCG Test was a mistake.

“I made the call to play those Test matches, I felt like I needed to be out there and help the guys,” he said. “If I’m looking back in hindsight, I probably wouldn’t have done that.

“It put me back a little bit, but at the end of the day we’ve had this time to heal and with South Africa being called off it gave me a bit more time.”

Pressed on whether or not he regretted his decision to play in Sydney and Brisbane, Warner said the best option for his body would have been to miss the matches.

“From an injury perspective, yes,” he explained.

“If I’m thinking about myself and the injury, I probably would have said no.

“But I did what I felt was best for the team, and me being out there opening the batting was, I felt, the best thing for the team.”

Warner has subsequently revealed it will take six to nine months to fully recover from the injury, but isn’t yet considering giving up one form of the game in order to prolong his career.

Having been a part of the victorious 2015 50-over World Cup side, the 34-year-old revealed he’d like another crack at the title in two years’ time.

“I’m not thinking of that end-date at all, for me it’s all about the 2023 World Cup is where I would like to get to,” Warner said.

“We’ve got a good foundation there with the white-ball team, we’ve got a good opportunity to play that and win in India.

“It’s probably going to be the last for a few of us, and then it’s a given that you just have to call it time, unless you’re going to play until you’re 41, it’s time for the new guys to come through in that white-ball setup.

“From a Test cricket point of view, I’d love to play as long as I can.”

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