Warner Fractures Thumb, Khawaja Called Up
Usman Khawaja has been drafted into Australia's One-Day International squad for the first two matches against the West Indies after David Warner fractured his thumb.
Warner was hit in the nets in Perth by Mitchell Johnson and has been ruled out of opening matches with a minor fracture, offering Khawaja an opportunity.
Khawaja made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka earlier in the summer, where he scored three before making way for more experienced players.
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"David Warner was struck on the left thumb by Mitchell Johnson in the nets," Cricket Australia (CA) physio Kevin Sims said.
"While the fracture is very minor, it is not worth taking any risks. The injury will keep him out of at least the next two Commonwealth Bank Series matches against West Indies. We’ll assess how he is progressing after that to determine his availability for the remainder of the series."
He becomes the second replacement player in the squad after James Faulkner replaced Moises Henriques. Both Faulkner, with four wickets, and Khawaja, with a half-century, performed well playing for the Prime Minister's XI, which beat the West Indies by 23 runs in Canberra.
The first ODI is on Friday (1st February) at the WACA with the second game two days later.
Australia ODI squad: Michael Clarke (captain), George Bailey, Ben Cutting, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Phillip Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade
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