‘Warner out of quarantine, LSG available to clash’: DC assistant coach Shane Watson

Delhi Capitals assistant coach Shane Watson on Wednesday confirmed that Australia opener David Warner and South African pacer Enrique Nortje are available for their clash against Lucknow Super Giants at the DY Patil Stadium on Thursday.

The news has come as a big boost to Delhi, who are trying to recover from their 14-run defeat at the hands of Gujarat Titans in Pune on Saturday.

“David Warner is now definitely out of the quarantine period and available for last night’s game which is very exciting. Enrique Nortje has been doing incredibly well in the last few weeks since coming to India. Last night, he passed his final type of fitness test to be fit for selection and to pass, which is exciting given that he is now available for selection,” Watson said in a pre-match virtual press conference.

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Watson further said that Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh’s selection for the match against Lucknow is in doubt as he is still recovering from a hip flexor injury during training for the ODIs against Pakistan.

“Mitch Marsh is making really good progress. Whether he is available for selection, there is yet to be another training session tonight. But he is progressing really well which is also brought by him in the Delhi team Very exciting with firepower.”

With Delhi players all in the team bubble now, Watson feels the challenge for the support staff will be to find the right combination for the rest of the tournament.

“The team is looking incredibly well and well balanced, with match winners all the way through the squad. That’s the exciting thing about Delhi Capitals: – There are so many world class options. Over the next few games The biggest challenge is figuring out what the right combinations are going to be and the right roles, which are now available to everyone.

“It is the biggest challenge for us in coaching and from the point of view of selection what are going to be the right roles for each person to make a super team, the way everyone plays above themselves.

“It is a big challenge because now we have an incredible quality of cricketers in the team. But that’s what we have to do fast because a team with all the players available is able to put those pieces together that will determine how they stand on a role throughout this tournament.”

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