David Warner has injured an elbow in Bangladesh.
David Warner has injured an elbow in Bangladesh.

Injury blow strikes down Warner

David Warner will return to Australia to have an elbow injury assessed, but the suspended star's pain won't stop him playing another two matches before he flies home.

Warner became the second Australian to injure his elbow playing in the Bangladesh Premier League on Wednesday night as he hit 61 not out for his Sylhet Sixers, after Steve Smith was also hurt in the competition last week.

The former Australian vice-captain made a splash during his innings when he switched up his stance and took on the bowling of Chris Gayle right-handed, instead of left.

But the injury blow comes at a time when Australian cricket is at it's lowest point following on from the series loss to India.

The continued batting collapses have left fans eagerly awaiting the return of both Smith and Warner, which could now be delayed further.

"David has reported some pain in his right elbow," a Cricket Australia spokesperson said.

"He will return to Australia on Monday 21 January to be assessed, but is expected to play in remaining BPL matches until his return.

"We will have a clearer understanding of extent of the injury once he has been assessed."

Thankfully for Warner, the early outlook appears to be better than that facing former Australian skipper Steve Smith who faces a prolonged period on the sideline.

Warner and Smith's 12-month bans stemming from the ball-tampering scandal end on March 29, and it had previously been suggested the pair could play at least some of a yet-to-be scheduled one-day series against Pakistan in the UAE.

Smith's hopes of that are almost certainly shot though, the prominent run-scorer facing six weeks in a brace following Tuesday's surgery for a ligament injury.

He is however expected to return well in time for Australia's first match at the World Cup in England.

Australian selectors must select their 15-man squad for the World Cup by April 23, before the defending champions open their campaign against Afghanistan on June 1.

While there had been public conjecture over the future selection of Smith and Warner, the poor form of both the red and white-ball national sides headed into a World Cup and Ashes winter appear to now make that a mere formality.

- with AAP

News Corp Australia


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