Travis Head: David Warner is ready to go for second Ashes Test

David Warner is ‘ready to go’ for Australia’s second Ashes Test with England in Adelaide, claims Travis Head… even though the hosts’ opener bruised his ribs TWICE at the Gabba

  • Opener David Warner is an injury concern for Australia for the second Ashes Test
  • Warner bruised his ribs twice during the hosts’ first Test win over Brisbane
  • Team-mate Travis Head says Warner has ‘no issues’ ahead of the Adelaide Test
  • Australia have Josh Hazlewood out for the next two Test with a side injury
  • England are set to recall Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson to their team

David Warner is ‘ready to go’ for Australia’s second Ashes Test with England in Perth, says team-mate Travis Head – despite doubts over the batsman’s fitness due to a rib injury. 

The hosts’ opener was hit twice in the ribs during his first-innings total of 94 in Brisbane and was not risked at the crease when Australia were tasked with reaching 20 after England’s second-innings batting collapse on day four at the Gabba.

And as the Ashes moves to Adelaide this week, Australia’s Head believes Warner – who also did not field for England’s second innings – has no issues with his ribs as the hosts plot to take full control of the series. 

David Warner is ‘ready to go’ for Australia’s second Test with England despite a rib concern

Warner’s team-mate Travis Head (above) claims Warner’s fitness is not a concern for the hosts

‘I flew home with him a couple of days ago,’ said Head when asked about Warner. ‘His family have come into Adelaide which was nice. And he felt like he was in a good space. 

‘Obviously he was a little bit sore, we didn’t take any risks with him only needing 20.

‘He was going to bat but in the end our bowlers did a fantastic job to give him a day off. So I think for him it was just rest. I think he’s ready to go. So no issues for David.’

Australia have a training session later on Tuesday and all eyes will be on whether Warner takes part, or misses out to raise even more doubts about his fitness. 

Warner injured his ribs on two occasions during his first-innings total of 94 in Brisbane

Australia have a training session on Tuesday which will determine whether Warner is fit

The hosts already have Josh Hazlewood, who took three wickets in the first Test at the Gabba, out injured with a side injury – with the key Australia bowler also set to miss the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne. 

Hazlewood’s absence will be a particular boost for England given he has 32 wickets for an economy of 19.90 in seven day-night Tests, which is the setting for the second Test in Perth, starting on Thursday. 

Meanwhile, England are set to recall Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson to their bowling attack after the veteran pair were left out by Joe Root for the first Test defeat in Brisbane. 

Broad has been struggling with a calf injury and was dropped in favour of spinner Jack Leach, while Anderson, 39, was not risked for the first Test as he is being saved for later challenges. 

England are set to recall Stuart Broad (left) and Jimmy Anderson (right) to their bowling attack 

Speaking about the pair, England head coach Chris Silverwood insisted: ‘Stuart has been great, to be honest. Obviously, he was disappointed not to be playing, as everybody is when they find out they are not playing. 

‘But he understood that this is a long series and everybody is going to play a part at some stage.

‘He is ready to do that now. We had good conversations with Stuart before any decisions were made, and he was 100 per cent on board.

‘I want to make sure they are fit and ready to go. Jimmy will be fit and ready to go for the Second Test, as will Stuart.’ 




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