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More Aussies carrying injuries ahead of India Test

Published: Friday, December 16, 2011, 11:26 [IST]
 
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More injuries in Aussie squad

Melbourne, Dec 16: Australia's injury woes just got worse with explosive batsman David Warner admitting stiffness in his back while fast bowlers James Pattinson and Peter Siddle were carrying injuries ahead of the first Test against India starting on December 26.

Warner, who scored his maiden Test century in last week's shock loss of Australia to New Zealand, will need to pass a fitness test on Friday to play for the Sydney Thunder in the Twenty20 Big Bash League on the weekend.

"I am in discomfort when I'm not moving. I've got to keep moving every five or 10 minutes, because if I'm in the one position ... I stiffen up," Warner said.

"The more movement I get, the better (it is) and obviously that's a sign of getting better in general. I'll see the physio and then (on Friday) head down with the boys and I'll have a big hit-out," he was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.

Meanwhile, Pattinson and Siddle were suffering from minor injuries and will have to be nursed through to the first Test starting in Melbourne on December 26.

Pattinson picked up a slight calf strain and Siddle has an elbow problem but they are still expected to be made available for one of the first two Big Bash League games for the Melbourne Stars before the Test squad assembles at the MCG next week.

Australia coach Mickey Arthur said the new-ball pair was not in doubt for the first Test but would have to be carefully looked after until then.

The nightmare for Cricket Australia would be for one of them to break down in a BBL game before the Test against India.

But Arthur expressed immense faith in the management procedures that will be overseen by Melbourne-based physiotherapist Alex Kountouris, and has been in close contact with the Stars coach, Greg Shipperd.

"Patto is nursing a little bit of a calf strain at the moment so we need to be very careful with him and Sids has got a recurrence of that little elbow injury of his. Nothing serious, but we just need to manage them properly. Alex is all over it because he is in Melbourne so I've got no issues that the right decisions will be made.

"If the Test match was starting tomorrow we would probably push them through it. It is just managing those niggles they have."

Australia have been hit hard by injuries with top-order batsman Shaun Marsh in doubt for the first Test due to a back problem while all-rounder Shane Watson is recovering from hamstring and lower back problem.

PTI

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