Australia wait on Warner
Australia are still sweating over the fitness of David Warner ahead of the first Test against India later this week.
Warner’s thumb was broken by team-mate Mitchell Johnson during a nets session at the WACA and he subsequently missed the recent one-day international series against West Indies.
He was included in the party to tour India, yet has not faced anything more significant than throw-downs as he continues to recuperate.
Chairman of selectors John Inverarity said: “David's thumb has improved in the last couple of days.
“He had some throw-downs yesterday with a cricket ball, and we're hoping his fitness improves a great deal in the next couple of days so he comes into contention. We will not make a decision on that until a few days out from the Test.”
While the news on Warner is not so good, the prognosis is better for skipper Michael Clarke as he continues to recover from a hamstring stain.
Inverarity added: “There is some concern with David because he hasn't been able to practice, but Michael had an hour’s batting in the nets yesterday and he played beautifully, so I'd say there are very few concerns around Michael because of his experience and the fact he was able to practice.”
Should Warner be unavailable, Shane Watson would likely open alongside Ed Cowan, temporarily shelving plans for the former to take up a position at number four.