Batting superstar David Warner is at risk of missing a significant chunk of Australia’s summer of cricket against India following an injury scare on Sunday.
Just hours after making 83 runs as Australia reached 4-389 at the SCG, Warner appeared to suffer a groin injury while fielding.
He limped off the ground with assistance from a team physio.
He would be likely to miss Wednesday’s final one-day international, while his status for the three Twenty20 matches against India is also up in the air.
Groin strains can require a few weeks of rest, while a tear would extend the recovery timeline beyond one month.
With the first Test in Adelaide just 18 days away Warner has little wiggle room to prove his fitness for the headline matches of the summer.
Warner’s injury could open the door for young gun Will Pucovski to earn his debut at the top of Australia’s Test batting line-up.
Pucovski has been tipped to miss out to Warner’s incumbent opening partner Joe Burns despite making a mountain of runs in the Sheffield Shield.
Burns and Pucovski are both set to line up for Australia A in a tour game against India beginning next Sunday.
Meanwhile, Warner’s likely absence from Wednesday’s ODI against India in Canberra will force a reshuffle.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey, who made 17 runs in Friday’s opening match but did not bat on Sunday, could take the opening spot.