Australia vs India: Watson, Warner fit for Boxing Day Test at MCG

Australian opener David Warner has declared himself fit for the third Test against India while injury worries over Shane Watson too eased after the duo on Wednesday took part in a training session ahead of the match starting on Friday.

Watson was hit in the head by a short-pitched delivery in training.

 Australia vs India: Watson, Warner fit for Boxing Day Test at MCG

December 23: Shane Watson of Australia is seen to by the club doctor after being hit in the helmet whilst batting in the nets at MCG. Getty

The left-handed batsman was struck in the second innings of the Brisbane Test, even as the hosts won the match by four wickets to take a 2-0 lead in the four-match series.

“It was a bit sore when it hit the splice or the toe of the bat, but that’s to be expected. I feel good and I’m ready to go,” Warner said.

“I tried to have a dip at the spinners to see if I could actually hit the ball as hard as I can. It did feel real sore.

But for me it’s about trying to hold out that pain and grind it out. I will bear it and get out there on Boxing Day.”

Joe Burns has been named in the Australian squad for this third Test, and he will take Mitchell Marsh’s place in the playing eleven.

Meanwhile, Ryan Harris has recovered from his quadriceps injury sustained after the first Test.

PTI

Updated Date: Dec 24, 2014 17:14:04 IST