Some concern about David Warner's injury: Inverarity
Melbourne: Australian opener David Warner seems to be in doubt for the first cricket Test against India after national selector John Inverarity revealed that there is "some concern" regarding the batsman`s recovery from a thumb fracture ahead of the match, starting February 22.
"David`s thumb has improved in the last couple of days, he wasn`t fit enough to play in this game, 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," Inverarity told `ABC Radio`.
Warner sat out of the ongoing three-day practice match against India A along with skipper Michael Clarke, who is nursing a strained hamstring.
"We won`t make a decision on that until a few days out from the Test," Inverarity said.
In case Warner is ruled out, all-rounder Shane Watson could be elevated to the opening slot with Ed Cowan.
Speaking about Clarke`s fitness, Inverarity said there were no significant worries on that front.
"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," he said.
Inverarity also hinted at all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, the only million-dollar buy at this year`s IPL players` auction, getting a Test debut in Chennai.
"The wicket for the Test match is already prepared. We could`ve played on it today, we could have played on it yesterday or the day before," Inverarity said.
"There is not one blade of grass, so you`d suggest it is a wicket for spinners. But with our Australian team I think the strength lies more with the pace bowlers than with the spinners. We`ve got the option of playing two pace bowlers and two spinners, but it`d more likely that we`d go in with three pace bowlers and one spinner, plus some spin support. I don`t think it`s clouded. We know what we`re going to do.
"The Indian players, of course, are very good players of spin. Yesterday, our spinners didn`t bowl well and the Indian batsmen took heavy toll of them, but we`re fairly clear in regards what we`re going to do in terms of spin bowling in the first Test match," he added.