The 36-year-old David Warner, who was subbed out of the second Test in New Delhi owing to concussion, has now been ruled out of the last two Tests due to elbow fracture. During his stay at the crease, the left-hander had hurt himself on the elbow after suffering a blow from Mohammed Siraj.
Warner then was replaced by fellow southpaw, Matt Renshaw for the Delhi Test. As things stand now, the left-handed opener would be flying back home to Sydney, with all eyes on returning for the three-match ODI series later next month against India.
"David Warner has been ruled out of the Qantas test tour of India and will return home," CA said in a statement issued this afternoon.
"Warner was struck on the elbow in the second Test in Delhi and sustained a hairline fracture.
"After further assessment, he will require a period of rehabilitation which will preclude any further involvement in the remainder of the Test series.
Earlier yesterday, Australia’s head coach Andrew McDonald had indicated that they would continue to back Head as the opener in sub-continental conditions.
If Dave's unavailable it would make perfect sense," McDonald said on the idea of Head opening the innings.
"We did discuss before coming over here, that if we were to lose an opening batter that Trav would be one we'd look to put up there. We feel in the subcontinental conditions that he can get off to the fast starts which he showed."
Australia would now be without the services of Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Swepson and now Warner. It is widely expected that the duo of Cameron Green and Mitchell Starc are set to return to the playing XI for the third Test in Indore.