Warner confident of his and Clarke’s fitness

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Australia opening batsman David Warner is at risk of missing the first Test against Pakistan after picking up a groin strain during the third ODI, but is hopeful of being fit by next week.

Warner picked up the niggle on Sunday as the Aussies won the ODI series three-nil, and said he’d had a similar experience before and was sure he’d be fine by the time the first Test rolled around on 22 October.

Warner told Sky Sports radio on Monday: “I hope it’s only a week thing, I’ve had it before, three or four years ago and it’s just like a tight strain, I’m in good hands here.

“I’m all well and good to go.”

While Warner’s medical credentials were non-existent, he seemed confident of skipper Michael Clarke and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh being recovered from their hamstring injuries in time for the Test.

The opener added: “They’re both cruising along very well, they’re doing everything they can to be ready for the first Test.

“They’ve been training the house down and I’ve seen them both running without a limp, so that’s a good sign.”

Coach Darren Lehmann agreed with Warner that Clarke was nearly good to go, but was more cautious about Warner himself, saying he’d keep an eye on him if he played in the warm-up game ahead of the Test.

Lehmann said: “Warner … we’ll asses him in the next couple of days. If he’s not right for the tour game, he won’t play.”

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