David Warner could open the eyelashes for Australia in Sydney despite not being 100 percent fit, said assistant coach Andrew McDonald

Warner, who injured his groin region in the ODI series against India last year, is in a race to prove his eligibility for the third Test, which will be held on Jan. January starts at SCG

Australia – beaten in the second Test in Melbourne – is desperate after Warner’s runs and attack intentions at the top of the rankings

Joe Burns has been dropped from the roster while Matthew Wade is a make-shift option and uncovered Will Pucovski is still a question mark after his recent concussion problems

Marcus Harris is another option, but not a compelling one, so Australia may be playing a massive Warner gamble

“This is a clear option that he may not be 100 percent fit,” McDonald said of Warner’s progress

“If he is 90, 95 percent fit and this conversation means that he is fit enough to do his job for the team, then this is definitely a conversation the coach has with the player

“We will manage this well when he and 3 January (January) comes to the camp for training

“Once we have our eyes fixed on him, give him some specific tests If you choose to use this word the information becomes clear in my opinion

“There’s nothing worse than getting injured when you’re at the forefront of your game like David has been doing for a while”

The precocious 22-year-old’s talent is not in question, but he has suffered nine concussions and mental health breaks

McDonald is well placed to assess Pucovski’s state of mind, who has worked closely with him in his previous job at Victoria

“There will be a little bit of confidence that the player is mentally ready and it will clearly be up to the coach to look at him to see where he is in terms of his skills,” said McDonald

“That’s the other thing, there is always a question of whether you are mentally ready or physically completing the protocols, but is he actually ready, skills ready at the back of a brief preparation?

“If he is selected, it will be his first time going from first grade to the testing arena, which is always a difficult jump for players

“There are a few options for the selection panel to consider, but history would suggest that they say they are right to do something, have done it a couple of times, and have made a good return I suggest that the player be trusted if they have been considered

“We know with the story that Will had and with my time with him in Victoria

“There are a couple of moving parts that need to be worked through, and on the second and third, I think we’re going to get real clarity about where they all are,” said McDonald

“And the sooner the selection committee or head coach can make that decision, the more they will try to get it sorted out as early as possible

“I would suggest (calf) has the best punch position in the middle – and that’s probably where he is best”

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