Melbourne, May 31: Australian batsman David Warner's sore glute has been a major cause of concern for the Australian cricket team.
"David Warner is "desperate to play" in Australia's World Cup opener, but first needs to be cleared by medical staff following a rigorous fitness test two days out from their clash against Afghanistan." Cricket Australia said on Friday.
The Aussies have been optimistic the left-hander would recover from a sore glute in time for Saturday's match in Bristol, but were waiting to see how he pulled up from Thursday's training session.
Warner will open the batting if he plays, said coach Justin Langer, meaning the final batting spot at No 3 is set to come down a call between Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja.
If Warner is forced to delay his first official game for Australia since the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal, both Khawaja and Marsh will play.
The 32-year-old appeared uninhibited at training under the County Ground's lights on Thursday evening, participating in running drills, moving laterally in fielding practice, before batting for 90 minutes in the nets. (UNI)