Warner in fitness race

Opening batsman David Warner’s participation in Australia’s first Test against Pakistan in Dubai remained in the balance this week.

Warner sustained a groin injury during the third and final ODI against the same opposition earlier this month – and isn’t involved in the ongoing fixture against Pakistan A.

“I am pretty confident. Only time will tell. David is walking around, no dramas, I think he will be fine,” said coach Darren Lehmann.

Captain Michael Clarke and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, who are nursing hamstring injuries, are expected to be fit for the series opener in Dubai, which will start on Wednesday.

“Hopefully Mitchell is going to bowl. We’d love him to bowl and prove some fitness aspects there,” added Lehmann.