Warner sidelined with fractured finger


Australia opener David Warner has been ruled out for two to six weeks and may yet require surgery after fracturing his left index finger in Saturday's one-day international tri-series victory over South Africa in St Kitts.

Warner made a hundred to help Australia rack up 288-6 against the Proteas, but was then injured as he attempted to take a catch at backward point during South Africa's unsuccessful chase.

Subsequent X-rays revealed a fracture, but Warner will remain in the Caribbean for the time being - in the hope he could yet feature in the tri-series final on June 26.

Australia team doctor Geoffrey Verrall said: "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."

After their one-day matches against West Indies and South Africa, Australia's next assignment is a tour of Sri Lanka, starting with the first Test from July 26.

Warner, who starred in the Indian Premier League before impressing at the start of the tri-series, said: "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.

"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."

Australia caretaker coach Justin Langer 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.

"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 XI 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."