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Warner confident of recovering in time for Sri Lanka Tests

Warner confident of recovering in time for Sri Lanka Tests
David Warner was in phenomenal form before the injury cut short his stint in West Indies.
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Australian vice-captain David Warner said that he is confident of recovering in time for the Test matches against Sri Lanka

which begin at the end of July.

Warner, who hit a century in the game against South Africa in St Kitts in the West Indies tri-series in June, injured his left index finger and took no further part in Australia’s triumphant campaign.

Though he will not have enough match practice ahead of the first Test in Pallekele, Warner is confident that with a bit of work in the nets, he will be ready to get back in the top of the order for Australia.

“I’ve done it before,” Warner told reporters in Sydney on Friday.

“I’ve picked up a bat and gone back out there and tried to play to the best of my abilities.

“Sometimes it comes off. You always want some time in the nets.

“For myself, I’ve said in the past, less is more.

“I prefer to go into a lot of the games fresh.

“I don’t usually hit a lot leading into any series or any game.

“I just like to go in there and bat for 20 minutes or so.”

However, Warner admitted that his biggest concern will be the fielding aspect and said, “I field in the slips, so I’m going to have to try take a handful of catches there to make sure it’s nice and warm.”

Australia’s coach Darren Lehmann is also confident that the lack of match practice will make no difference to Warner’s ability to score runs at the top of the order for Australia.

“He (Warner) will be fine,” Lehmann told The Age.

“He probably won’t play the two-day game but should play the first-class game - the tour game before we play the first Test.

“Even if he didn’t, I am not too worried about that. He is one of these guys who picks up a bat quite quickly.

“He has had broken fingers and injuries before, and we have just plugged him back into Test cricket and he is fine.

“We would like him to play the tour game and, hopefully, medically he can, but if he can’t, I am not too stressed.

“As long as he is available for the first Test.”

Lehmann takes over from Justin Langer as the coach of Australia after having taken a break during the tri-series in West Indies.

Praising Langer for his work during the tri-series, Lehmann said that he is excited to be back at the helm.

“I am really excited to get back in the hot seat, if you like,” Lehmann said.

“Justin did a great job and obviously had a good result in the West Indies.

“I think he summed it up beautifully, the way we have a bit of improvement to do in that format of the game.”

Australia will play the first Test against Sri Lanka between 26th and 30th July in Pallekele while the second and third games will be played in Galle and Colombo.

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