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by Andrew Wood Saturday 5 September 2015
Australian vice-captain, David Warner, has been ruled out of the remainder of the One-Day International series against England with a fractured thumb.
Warner sustained the injury while trying to fend a short delivery from Steven Finn, which was just the second ball bowled in the Lord's ODI.
The team physio attended to Warner after the blow which hit him on the thumb of his left hand, following which the left-hander walked off the field.
Warner did not come out to bat for the rest of the innings as he underwent a scan on his injured finger, which revealed a fracture.
On its official twitter account, Cricket Australia (CA) revealed the extent of Warner’s injury while disclosing that the 28-year-old will be out of action for four to six weeks.
“David Warner has a fracture in his left thumb, expected to be out for 4-6 weeks.
“Replacement to be named in due course.”
With less than five weeks left for the start of Australia’s two-match Test series against Bangladesh, the injury has put Warner’s participation in jeopardy.
Joe Burns and Cameron Bancroft are the two names that are in contention in the eventuality where Warner cannot make it to Bangladesh.
Australia are also facing another injury concern with Shane Watson also picking up a minor injury to his calf muscle when batting in the second ODI at Lord's.
Watson played well to get a start, but was dismissed for 39 runs as he attempted a big shot over long on, only to find the fielder.
Australia have taken a 2-0 lead in the five-match ODI series after beating England by 64 runs in the second game at Lord’s.
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