In recent times, suspended Australian opener David Warner has been going through a rough phase as he became the latest victim of an injury. Similar to his fellow countryman Steve Smith, the former Australian vice-captain injured his elbow while playing the BPL game. Warner will fly back to Australia on January 21 and will be assessed then the extent of his injury will be judged. However, the Sylhet Sixers’ skipper will play two matches on January 18 and 19 and then will miss the remaining five matches of his team.
The southpaw sustained this damage while playing the game against the Rangpur Riders. He did not open the innings and instead came to bat at number three in the game. He has been doing a great job on the field as he clubbed an unbeaten 36-ball 61 in the game.
This innings, along with a 43-ball 70 from Liton Das, helped the Sixers register their second win of the tournament. David was just as brilliant with his leadership skills which were great to watch. He also smashed Chris Gayle for 14 runs in only three balls by turning right-handed in the middle of the innings.
The BPL franchise is yet to confirm the severity of the injury. However, according to Cricket Australia (CA), the southpaw will return home shortly and then will go under the knife in the coming days. This injury should keep he was out of action for close to six weeks meaning he is still in line to return for Australia’s ODI series against Pakistan soon after his ban comes to an end.
However, Warner will fall short of match practice significantly as he nears making an international return. Warner’s ban will be lifted on 29 March 2019 and he might take part in the IPL and the ODI series against Pakistan that could take place in March/April.
Warner’s injury has come to limelight just five days after the former Aussie skipper Smith was ruled out of the BPL. Smith also sustained an elbow injury and successfully underwent surgery. He will be taking as many as six weeks before he recovering completely.
Australia will play their first World Cup match against Afghanistan on 1 June 2019.