The veteran Australian opener David Warner may have played the second Test in Adelaide in the ongoing Ashes series while nursing a rib injury which he suffered during the first Test against England at Gabba. Warner was hit on his ribs by a Ben Stokes delivery during the first innings of the opening Test and he didn’t come out to bat in the second. He was supposed to miss the second Test, however, he continued his terrific form and played another knock of 95 runs.
David Warne did play the second Test match, however, it seems that the pain hasn’t subsided. During Australia’s batting in the second innings on Day 4 of the day-night game, the camera panned on to Warner, who was experiencing pain in his ribs while sneezing as he almost fell off his chair.
The stand-in skipper Steve Smith and coach Justin Langer, who were sitting alongside were suddenly taken aback seeing the veteran opener, not able to sneeze and breathe properly due to his injury. He almost fell off his chair while attempting not to have an aggressive sneeze. Here is the video of the incident:
Rib soreness + sneezing = scenes.
— 7Cricket (@7Cricket) December 19, 2021
However, David Warner himself wasn’t too unperturbed saying that despite having the pain, he had no intention of missing the Test match unless he doesn’t have a leg to walk out on the field.
After his knock in the first innings in Adelaide, Warner said, “I did have a local (anesthetic) this morning just before I went out to bat. It probably hurt more than what the ribs are at the moment. I was in a fair bit of pain and agony and being able to pick up the kids which is a bit tough but from that perspective, I’ve just been icing and doing as much as I can to get ready.”
He further added, “I was pretty close (to missing out) but unless I’ve got no leg I’m not going to not walk out on the field. I probably showed that last year. You don’t want to miss a Test match for your country and if I can get out on the park I’ll do everything to do that.”
David Warner did come out to bat in the second innings but get got engaged in a mix-up with his opening partner Marcus Harris and got run out after scoring 13 runs but Australia were able to take a massive lead of 467 runs owing to the fifties by Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head.