David Warner is concerned about recovering in time for the second Test starting this Saturday after a bout of gastroenteritis he picked up during Day four of the first Test at Chennai.
On the advice of teammate Peter Siddle, the Australian opener tasted vegetarian noodles which turned out to be too spicy for him. ''I took the Peter Siddle vegetarian noodle advice. He told me to try a bit and it was the hottest thing I had tried in my life. Now I totally regret it because I don't do too well with spices [sic],'' Warner said.
The Australians are already 1-0 behind in the four-match Test series after crumbling to an eight-wicket defeat at Chennai. The team think tank is contemplating to have two spinners in the playing XI after the debacle at Chennai where they played with three pacers and one spinner in the form of Nathan Lyon who was clobbered for runs.
Earlier Mickey Arthur had hinted at including left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty in the side. The Australian coach also discussed with former spinner Shane Warne about the dilemma to include the second spinner.
''Shane spoke to our spinners about the conditions and his experiences in such conditions while he also spoke to our batsmen about what a spin bowler is thinking about before they come in to bowl and what sort of plans he would have had in mind,'' Arthur was quoted by Sydney Morning Herald.
The Australian bowling attack in all probability will be led by James Pattinson who claimed five wickets in the first innings against India during the Chennai Test. Despite a series of breakdowns last year, selectors believe they can't afford to rest him at 1-0 down in the series and the team management is closely monitoring his fitness.
First Published: February 28, 2013, 7:40 pm