Big Blow for Australia

David Warner who is playing in the Bangladesh Premier League will return to Australia due to an elbow injury.The injury is understood to have been suffered as Warner clubbed an unbeaten 61 off 36 balls for Sylhet Sixers against Chris Gayle’s Rangpur Raiders. In the same innings Warner repeatedly switch hit, smashing 14 runs off three Chris Gayle balls while batting right-handed.

Warner will fly home to have the injury assessed next week but will continue to play for the Sylhet Sixers in the meantime.


“David has reported some pain in his right elbow. He will return to Australia on Monday 21 January to be assessed, but is expected to play in remaining BPL matches until his return,” a CA spokesperson said.

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

The injury is expected to keep him out of action for a month. He should be fit for a potential return at the 2019 World Cup.

Steve Smith has already left the competition with an elbow issue of his own, which required surgery last week.Smith will have to wear an arm brace for six weeks before continuing his rehabilitation.

Warner and Smith are both serving 12-month Cricket Australia bans from international and domestic competition for their involvement in the South Africa ball-tampering scandal.

The suspensions expire on March 28, with Australia scheduled to play a five-match ODI series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates around the same time.

The injuries could severely hamper both players preparations with the World World Cup and Ashes on the horizon.

Australia’s first match of the World Cup is on June 1 against Afghanistan.

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