World Cup 2019: David Warner fit to play Australia’s opener vs Afghanistan

first_img Reuters BristolMay 31, 2019UPDATED: May 31, 2019 22:57 IST Australia are still pondering over their final selection for the game at Bristol (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia captain Aaron Finch confirmed David Warner will play vs Afghanistan on SaturdayWarner has recuperated from an upper leg injury and underwent a fitness test on ThursdayWarner returned to the national set-up last month after serving a one-year ball-tampering banOpener David Warner will be selected for Australia when they launch their World Cup campaign against Afghanistan on Saturday, captain Aaron Finch said on the eve of the match.”Dave is fine, he will play tomorrow. No doubt about that,” Finch told a news conference on Friday.But Australia are still pondering over their final selection for the game at Bristol.”In terms of the 11, we will name it at the toss. Everyone is in the mix. We are very close to an 11, but we are not going to name it yet.”Everyone’s been in really good form… in the practice games, and the three games we played against New Zealand,” the captain added, leaving questions about who bats at No.3 – either Usman Khawaja or Shaun Marsh.Warner underwent a fitness test on Thursday after concerns that an upper leg injury might rule him out of Saturday’s game. The 32-year-old missed the defending champions’ final warm-up match against Sri Lanka on Monday and was unable to train on Wednesday.Warner, who scored 345 runs at an average of 49.28 in Australia’s run to the title four years ago, returned to the national set-up last month after serving a one-year ban for his part in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.Finch said both Warner and Steve Smith, who was also suspended after the scandal and stripped of the captaincy, had slotted back into the team easily.”When you are world-class players, you adapt again really quickly and you get up to speed.advertisement”Having them play 13 games each in the IPL (Indian Premier League) is really important. It is a high standard of cricket so that gets you back up to as close to international competition as you can.”I think Steve will be one of the all-time greats by the time he will have finished the game. There is no question about his batting ability. So when you are great, you get the game quicker, things just happen quicker, so there is never any issue about how he’ll bounce back.”The same with Davey. They are both so competitive. They have both got great records. So there was never any doubt about how well they would come back.”Also Read | World Cup 2019: Justin Langer urges fans not to boo Steve Smith and David WarnerAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Australia fret over Warner’s fitness ahead of opener vs AfghanistanFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen World Cup 2019: David Warner fit to play Australia’s opener vs AfghanistanDavid Warner underwent a fitness test on Thursday after concerns that an upper leg injury might rule him out of Saturday’s game.advertisementlast_img read more

Afghanistan UN Mission condemns violence against election workers

With parliamentary, provincial and district elections in Afghanistan just months away, the United Nations mission in the country has condemned any type of violence aimed at derailing the electoral process.An Afghan election worker was killed last Friday in the province of Uruzgan – the first deadly incident involving such workers this year, according to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).“By voting massively last year,” a UNAMA spokesman said, referring to 2004’s national elections, “the Afghan people have demonstrated how important it is for all of them to go and vote to rebuild – through elections – a democratic Afghanistan. This is the will of the people.”With UNAMA facilitation, Afghans are currently making preparations for parliamentary, provincial and district elections, scheduled for 18 September. read more