Aussie opener David Warner admitted that he aggravated his groin injury by playing the final two Tests against India earlier this year.
The southpaw added that he decided to play through the pain barrier as the Aussies were in dire need of an opener.
Warner picked up a groin injury during the second ODI against India and missed the subsequent T20I series and first two Tests. Although he returned for the final two Tests, the left-handed batsman was visibly struggling to make a mark as he failed in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
The 34-year-old, who is expected to play for New South Wales this week, had told to the reporters at Sydney airport before flying to Adelaide that he shouldn’t have played the final two Tests against India.
“I made the call to play those Test matches, felt like I needed to be out there and help the guys. Looking back in hindsight, I probably wouldn’t have done that; where I am with the injury, it put me back a little bit. If I’m thinking about myself, I probably would have said no, but I did what I felt was best for the team and me being out there opening the batting was I felt the best thing for the team,” David Warner said.
Despite Warner’s return, Australia went to lose the Border Gavaskar Trophy by a 2-1 margin. The left-handed batsman only managed to score 5,13,1 and 48 runs in the final two Tests.
Eyeing the 2023 ODI World Cup, Warner believes Australia have a good chance of winning the title in India.
“I’m not thinking about the end date at all; for me, it’s about the 2023 World Cup. We’ve got a good foundation with the white-ball team; we’ve got a good opportunity to play that and win in India. The core of the team with the age group it will probably be the last for a few of us,” Warner added.
After the New South Wales domestic campaign, Warner is set to feature for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2021.