Warner out of tri-series with fractured finger


New Delhi : There is bad news for David Warner fans as Warner has been effectively ruled out out of the triangular series and may require surgery for a broken left index finger suffered while fielding during Australia's victory over South Africa in St Kitts on Saturday. The x-rays conducted following the game revealed the extent of the injury.

"The X-Ray showed an intra-articular fracture of the distal phalanx of the index finger of the left hand – the top part of that finger," said Doctor Geoffrey Verrall, Australia's team doctor on the tour of West Indies. "We will assess the situation over the coming days to see if the injury requires a surgical option but should that not be the case then David is likely to be available to return to play in somewhere between two and six weeks."

The Australian team is yet to take a decision on whether Warner will stay on tour and whether a replacement has to be called in, the release stated. "It's obviously disappointing to be sidelined given the form I've been in and given the important stage the tri-series is at, but it's always important to look at the positives," Warner said. "This downtime, however long or short it is, will give me the chance to freshen up and spend quality time with my family after an intense period of action, with a home summer that was followed by trips to New Zealand and South Africa, plus the World Twenty20 and the Indian Premier League," the opener added.

"It's doubly disappointing to have David Warner sidelined because of his outstanding form plus his attitude and professionalism around the group which has been a joy to work with," Justin Langer, interim head coach, said. "But we've spoken from day one of this tour about every single person in the squad contributing to our success. I've encouraged the players not in the starting eleven to be ready at all times because you never know when opportunities might come. One of the boys will now get that opportunity in David's absence." Australia, at minimum, have three preliminary matches remaining in the series, in the West Indies.Their next assignment is an away Test series against Sri Lanka, beginning on July 26.