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Australia vs India | I think it’s a great reward for Natarajan, says Warner

T. Natarajan  

Australia opener David Warner has congratulated Sunrisers Hyderabad teammate T. Natarajan after he was included in India’s Test squad for the remainder of the Border-Gavaskar series.

Natarajan replaced Umesh Yadav, who returned to India after injuring his left calf muscle during the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

“I think it’s [being included in Test squad] a great reward for Natarajan,” Warner told reporters on Saturday. “Given the fact that he came here (Australia) as a net bowler and had to miss the birth of his child, it’s a big achievement.”

“He is a very good bowler and I got to see that when I captained him in the IPL... so if he does get that opportunity (Test debut), we know he is comfortable and he will know what line and length to bowl,” Warner said.

Warner also said it is unlikely he will recover fully from the groin injury before the third Test, but is doing everything he can to play in Sydney.

“I haven’t run in the last couple of days. Am I going to be 100%t? Highly doubtful. But I’m doing everything I can to get on that park and play, even if that means I’m not 100%,” he said.

Warner felt that the right mindset and intent will be key to whether the Australian batsmen can bounce back in the series. “It’s the loud calling, the way your shoulders are back, you are in the bowler’s face, you are trying to unsettle the line and length. I live by the sword, die by the sword when I’m out there with the bat,” he said.

The third Test will be telecast from January 7 on Sony Six, Ten 1 and Ten 3 channels.

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