Warner likely to miss Australia’s first practice match

Warner is expected to get fit for the first Test.

David Warner, the Australian batsman, is likely to miss his team’s first practice match ahead of the Test series against Sri Lanka after sustaining a finger injury during the recently concluded tri-series in West Indies.

The left-hander, who had to return home mid-way through the tri-series, is expected to return to the side for the first Test in Kandy, set to start on July 26.

The Australian opener was in superb form before injuring his left index fielder during a match against South Africa at St Kitts. He had led Sunrisers Hyderabad to victory in the Indian Premier League 2016, finishing as the second-highest run-getter with 848 runs. He followed it up by scoring 165 runs in three innings in the tri-series, where conditions weren’t favorable for batting.

While Warner has hit the gym again, he had revealed during the tri-series about taking a moderated approach to training. He has also stayed away from alcohol for quite some time in order to become fitter.

“For me it’s about having rest and getting ready for the next game,” Warner had said earlier. “It’s all about not hitting too much for me in the nets. I don’t try and go out there and waste them all in the nets. If I’ve hit them well in 20 minutes, I’ll walk out.

“That’s just the way I play and so far it’s kept me in good stead in five or six years playing at this level. It’s always worked so there’s no point in changing. When you’re in some form, you’ve got to try and keep riding it because there’s a lot more lows than there are highs in this game.

“The biggest thing for myself is the fielding aspect. 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,” Warner said.

While Warner is still nursing the injury and isn’t expected to be fit for the first warm-up match, Australia coach Darren Lehmann is hoping to see him fit for the second tour match – a three-day match in Kandy.

“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,” Lehmann told Fairfax Media on Thursday (July 7). “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.”

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