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David Warner to miss remainder of tri-series with broken finger

David Warner to miss remainder of tri-series with broken finger
David Warner is the leading run-scorer in the tri-series with 165 runs from three matches.
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Australian opening batsman David Warner has been ruled out of the tri-series in the Caribbean after suffering a broken finger during the encounter against South Africa in St Kitts on Sunday.

Warner suffered the injury to his left index finger while fielding in St Kitts during his side’s 36-run victory in the fourth match of the tournament and underwent scans to assess the extent of the damage.

At the end of the match, in a press conference, Warner said he hoped that the injury would not be serious, but to his dismay, the scans revealed a fracture.

Geoffrey Verrall, Australia’s team doctor, revealed that Warner is most likely to be sidelined from the game for anywhere between two and six weeks.

Furthermore, Verrall disclosed that Warner’s injury will be assessed further to see if he will be needing surgery.

"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," 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."

Though he is disappointed to miss out due to the injury and the kind of form he is in, Warner is hoping to use this time to spend time with his family.

"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."

Justin Langer, who is Australia’s coach for the tri-series, admitted that Warner’s absence will be a blow to the side but has urged the rest of the members of the squad to use the opportunity to prove their mettle.

"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," Langer 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."

Cricket Australia also revealed that they are yet to make a decision on whether to name a replacement for Warner.

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