MELBOURNE (AFP) -Opener David Warner and all-rounder Shane Watson both took part in training on Wednesday as injury scares eased for Australia ahead of the Boxing Day Test against India.
The pair returned to the fray during a Christmas Eve session at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Warner, batting for the first time since hurting his thumb in the second Test victory over India in Brisbane last week, was soon driving and hooking with little sign of discomfort.
Watson, who was dazed when struck on the helmet by a bouncer on Tuesday, took on a bowling machine in the indoor nets before moving outdoors.
The blow sparked concern Watson might have sustained serious injury, coming after Australian batsman Phillip Hughes was killed by a bouncer on November 25.
In a sure sign Warner was on the mend, he told reporters he would keep up the “banter” against the tourists, despite a spate of fines.
Indians Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Ishant Sharma have all been fined for their conduct in the four-Test series, as has Warner after a heated exchange in the first Test in Adelaide.
“If it requires a little bit of banter to get the other person talking, that’s what is going to happen,” said Warner.