Australia opener David Warner has admitted the groin injury that kept him out of half of the Test series against India over the new year might still be causing him pain for another nine months.

The 34-year-old, who sustained the injury in a one-dayer against India in November, missed the first two Tests against the tourists before playing partially-fit for the remainder of the series as Australia slumped to a 2-1 defeat.

The left-handed batsman will be key to Australia’s hopes of retaining the Ashes when England tour at the end of this year but Warner said he might not be playing pain-free until just before that series.

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“I am almost back to full 100% sprinting in a straight line,” he said while commentating on Australia’s first Twenty20 against New Zealand on Monday.

“This next week is getting back to fielding, picking up,…

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