West Indies in Australia, 2012-13

Warner suffers fractured thumb at training

Daniel Brettig

January 30, 2013

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David Warner lies on the ground after getting hit on the hand while batting during a net session, Perth, January 30, 2013
David Warner was in pain after getting hit on the thumb by Mitchell Johnson © Getty Images
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David Warner's place on Australia's Test tour of India is open to serious fitness questions after it was confirmed he suffered a fractured thumb when struck in the nets ahead of the ODI series against West Indies.

On the eve of the squad announcement for the subcontinent, Warner was struck by a prancing delivery from Mitchell Johnson in the lively WACA ground nets and showed considerable discomfort before being whisked away for scans on the thumb that confirmed a break.

"David Warner was struck on the left thumb by Mitchell Johnson in the nets," Australian team physio Kevin Sims said.

"While the fracture is very minor, it is not worth taking any risks. The injury will keep him out of at least the next two matches against West Indies. We'll assess how he is progressing after that to determine his availability for the remainder of the series."

The exit of Warner from the West Indies ODIs has meant a call-up for Usman Khawaja, who will fly to Perth to join the team before the first match of the series on Friday.

It also adds another layer of intrigue to Shane Watson's return as a non-bowling batsman. At the same time Warner was having his thumb examined, Watson looked uncomfortable during a brief innings of six from 23 balls for New South Wales against Western Australia in a domestic limited overs match at the SCG.

Struck on the shoulder early on by a short ball from Nathan Coulter-Nile, Watson was then cramped by an inswinger from the young left-armer Joel Paris and squeezed a return catch off bat and pad. Despite his lack of first-class preparation, Watson will now be in line to open the batting in India should Warner's thumb not recover in time.

"He would've liked more runs, there's no question about that," Watson's former Test teammate and now WA batsman Michael Hussey said. "He'll get better and better the more he plays, it's just good to have him back out there playing, I think it's very good for Australian cricket that he's back out there.

"He can play a crucial role for Australia whether it's high in the order or in the middle order. I hope to see him back in there."

Hussey termed Warner's injury "terrible luck". "He's been playing well, I think he's getting a lot of consistency to his game, and that's a big blow for Australia coming into this one-day series for sure," he said. "It's going to give an opportunity for someone else - maybe it's an opportunity for Shane Watson to get back up the top of the order and get some confidence back that way."

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Posted by landl47 on (January 31, 2013, 19:04 GMT)

@Joseph Langford: maybe Quiney's 9 runs in three test innings and his career first-average of 35.95 have something to do with it?

Posted by   on (January 31, 2013, 0:42 GMT)

I wonder why people aren't thinking "Give Quiney another chance in India!!!" Remember him, played for Australia against Sth Africa. Many thought he was selected so that one player couldn't play and the other could be bought back for Sri Lanka. Just adding a little bit more fuel to that fire!!

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (January 30, 2013, 22:41 GMT)

I cant keep up with all these injury prone aussie prima donnas. Maybe you guys should just stay at home mid year, for your own safety. Today its a broken thumb, tomorrow someone might suffer strained hair, or a dislodged shoulder pad.

Posted by Mervo on (January 30, 2013, 20:38 GMT)

Can we rotate the selectors? To New Zealand maybe? All this selection is easy. Just pick the Victorian side when a replacement or new team member is needed. They do anyway.

Posted by mzm149 on (January 30, 2013, 19:57 GMT)

I hope Warner returns before India tour and repeats the performance of Perth Test or World T20 match against India where he completely pummeled their poor bowling.

Posted by Midonoff on (January 30, 2013, 19:14 GMT)

don't see why all these comments here about india series when australia has to play west indies before hand. Everyone knows australia will get a hard time in india even with Warner or with out Warner.

Posted by 200ondebut on (January 30, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

Shame for little Dave - his contributions in the field will be missed. That said I don't think it will have much impact on the overall result. Whilst India were outclassed by England in the tests, they are clear favourites to give the Aussies a good pasting. I predict three innings victories (a bit like the last Ashes).

Posted by Beertjie on (January 30, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

Yes, Mike, "It's going to give an opportunity for someone else - maybe it's an opportunity for Shane Watson to get back up the top of the order and get some confidence back that way." But his wife is due to give birth and he'll be missing for a period. The obvious replacement for the tour to India is Chris Rogers who can show us all what he can do ahead of the Ashes. You've got it spot on @Mitty2 on (January 30 2013, 08:11 AM GMT): "bring in rogers for the tour as backup for at risk batsmen, who need rotation." That will take care of the returning Watson as well.

Posted by NikhilGupta03 on (January 30, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

Already Australia were left wanting for Watson's power hitting and effective bowling, that now they would have to do away with the 'pocket dynamo' as well. It provides a great opportunity to young Usman khwaja, who has been on the selectors radar for quite some time now. Though personally i would have been tempted to pick Shaun Marsh, as he is in tremendous form, and it would do his confidence a world of good to get some knocks under his belt. I think Shaun's back problem had militated against him in the past, but he should be tested in the longer format, particularly when both the Watto and Warner are out due to injuries

Posted by WeeBee on (January 30, 2013, 17:18 GMT)

ohh no.... i really wanted him to play against India.

Posted by disco_bob on (January 30, 2013, 16:34 GMT)

We need to extend the rotation policy to net sessions. While this is bad news for Davo, it will help the aura that MJ is building up in his rennaisance.

Posted by TRAM on (January 30, 2013, 15:51 GMT)

BCCI should hire MJohnson to bowl to all India batsmen including the youngsters in the lively pitches prepared specifically for the training in India. Pay him high.

Posted by K.A.K on (January 30, 2013, 15:41 GMT)

Get well soon Warner. And for next time, get some better gloves.

Posted by class9ryan on (January 30, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

I do not understand why people say that he can win Australia matches against India in tests ... I do not see him as a gr8 player of spin bowling and on the flat decks in India he might score runs but not against the spinners for sure

Posted by hashgin on (January 30, 2013, 14:27 GMT)

If Cricket Australia "rotated" its practice session like thier selection policy then Warner would have been fne.... unless he get thumped by an old grandma on a street fight which is all that he is... nothing more. not much of a loss to the aussie team other than feilding a wanna be .. agro..

Posted by Kumar_KV on (January 30, 2013, 14:24 GMT)

OMG, its Mitchell Johnson again... the bone breaker... seems he doesn't spare his own team mates too..

Posted by 2nd_Slip on (January 30, 2013, 14:11 GMT)

warne wants mickey arthur to be sacked. What a shame really. The reason Aus find thenselves in this position is purely because of lack of talent to match the benchmark set by the retaired players it has nothing to do with the guy who layd the foundation for the current test champs the Proteas

Posted by wibblewibble on (January 30, 2013, 14:03 GMT)

Mitch is a legend. Throw in some nasty short stuff in training why don't you.

Posted by Jayzuz on (January 30, 2013, 13:52 GMT)

@fazald, as for the consequences of rotation, it is clear to me now that the AUS admin have not placed winning these short format games as their main priority. Fix Charlesworth, former WA player and also Olympic hockey player, friend of Inverarity, said as much as quoted in the paper today. Australia have used 33 players this home season, and that tells you what the main focus is. Personally I don't like them sacrificing wins to blood heaps of players. It is just unAustralian. It's an extension of the Argus report. So far it's working like a lead balloon.

Posted by ajayrcs on (January 30, 2013, 13:42 GMT)

Best Replacement can only be Forrest. He can play spin better than any one in Australia.

Posted by ajayrcs on (January 30, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

Why he was facing Johnson? In India hardly anyone can bowl above 140. And the Australia best could offer to TV rating by briging in Khawaja. My question is who is going to watch this series? there no one as entertaining as Warner is.

Posted by Jason_Mcphee on (January 30, 2013, 13:12 GMT)

Well Indians will be still smashed on their back yard again and this will be their third since the England and Pak Series, a half fit David Warner is Enough for them, hope to see Aussies win there 4-0, best of luck.

Posted by lillee4PM on (January 30, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

Bad news for Warner but good to see our quicks hitting some net form. Lets hope they can carry that into matches and put batsmen on notice. With DK Lillee now in charge of Aussie bowling operations (about time too) Indians and Poms should be getting nervous.

Posted by fazald on (January 30, 2013, 12:55 GMT)

One thing for sure there won't be an opportunity for the selectors to excercise the so called rotation policy on Indian soil with mediocre cricketers at their disposal as what happened recently against Sri Lanka. Besides it would be really embarassing to say the least the ignominy it would create in front of thousands of indian cricket fans who are very knowledgeable and very vocal indeed. No doubt Australia's reputation as a great cricketing nation will be on display for all to see. If the selectors just stick to the basics and select our best side then they won't have to suffer the consequences.

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (January 30, 2013, 12:34 GMT)

@Junikamra and James K Vinoth good chance for Khawaja to show his class and I am sure he will do well. Tough pitch for him to come in at but he handles the bounce well at the Gabba so hope that translates to Perth

Posted by Vaibhav3418 on (January 30, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

Now Dhoni & sammy can sleep well

Posted by azzaman333 on (January 30, 2013, 12:03 GMT)

Johnson shouldn't be permitted to bowl in the nets, it's too dangerous for our batsmen.

Posted by pratit on (January 30, 2013, 11:48 GMT)

With the type of finger-breaking form he is in, players around the world are soon going to boycott Johnson. For a change, this time it was one from his team itself.

Posted by fazald on (January 30, 2013, 11:37 GMT)

Same old story when one aussie cricketer returns from injury another player exits due to injury. This has been the story of Australian cricket for quite sometime. Never have had the chance of fielding a full blooded aussie outfit against any overseas team for a very long time. The injury curse continues. These cricketers are mostly on the sidelines nursing injuries rather than representing the country. The names that come to mind are Pattinson, Watson, Cummins, Harris, Hazlewood, Clarke, Mitchell Marsh and now Warner. The cream of aussie cricket. Most of them have hardly played for the Australian cricket team this whole summer which goes to prove that it's no point having such abundant talent if they are injury prone and not available to play. Barring Warner who was injured when struck on the finger while batting by a vicious delivery from Starc at the nets the rest of the players are suffering from niggles all the time compared to other overseas teams.

Posted by Junikamra on (January 30, 2013, 11:37 GMT)

yes hyclass i heard the news and glad and hope that khwaja will grab this oppurtunity with both hands.. but bad news about warner that he has broken his thumb he is key player for aus in india nd hope he will recover as soon as possible..

Posted by trav696 on (January 30, 2013, 11:31 GMT)

Now Johnson has done it... he injures 4 SL players, not to mention rules Sangakarra out for 3 months and now injures his own team mate. I kind of feel sorry for Warner but now the odds are pretty much even. We lose our star Sanga and Aus loses their star Warner for a few games. Maybe Aus will know how it feels now to have one of their own batsman injured at the hands of Johnson, good work mate.

Posted by StarsnStumps on (January 30, 2013, 11:25 GMT)

Damn it Mitch!! Stop breaking ppl's hands!! You're not a collector for the mob! How many hands has this guy broken?

Posted by TD-611 on (January 30, 2013, 11:25 GMT)

I was there and that middle net was scary as hell. Starc, Johnson and Pattinson bowling real heat. A few balls after Warner got hit, Finch wore a nasty blow to the ribs from Pattinson. Definitely not Mitch's fault though, just a ripper delivery!

Posted by santhoshcse on (January 30, 2013, 11:25 GMT)

Any format of game warner is so dangerous. No one cannot control warner from hard hitting. Great escape for indian bowlers in test matches if he doesnt play.

Posted by Gordo85 on (January 30, 2013, 11:03 GMT)

I can see Chris Rogers replacing him. If it was up to me Doolan would go on the tour as a spare opener and I would take him infront of Khawaja for a spot in the squad. But then again most people seem to think that Khawaja will be in the Test team down at number six but I think that could be too low for the man to be honest.

Posted by Jay32 on (January 30, 2013, 10:48 GMT)

Big opportunity for someone to stake their claim for a top order spot. Watson will get to open for now in Warner's absence. Although, I am pretty sure in my mind that Watson is not the right man to open in tests and soon will lose his slot to someone else. NSP must groom some young budding openers in the ODIs or 20/20 much like England is doing with Alex hales in 20/20. Nic Maddinson and Scott Henry are two good young budding openers that come to my mind and they need to be brought into the system and groomed for the future. NSP must not allow Watson to play musical chairs with all available batting positions because all it does is disrupt the team balance and stall the possibility of a Nic Maddinson or Scot Henry or anybody else getting into the side.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (January 30, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

It is not a big problem for Australia as Aus got 3 or 4 teams at International level. India lost to Poms recenty who are about 50% of Aussie team. Lalith- Sydney

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 30, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

Gappistan - When is he ever going to face Dinda - the bloke hasnt even made his test debut. Personally I would have gone for Shaun Marsh as he seems to be getting back to his best. At his best he is a class one-day performer. Not sure how anyone can condemn Johnson here, noone has seen the ball in question and could easily just have sprung of a good length. Unfortunately one of those cricket things. Its Johnson ability every now and then to get these balls to explode which makes him dangerous in any form of cricket. Give Warner a rest now and hopefully he is ready to go come the Indian tour.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (January 30, 2013, 10:40 GMT)

@SurenA on (January 30 2013, 10:05 AM GMT), so, you don't bowl bouncers to batsmen in the nets just in case they get hit? That'll definitely get them ready for playing short balls during a match. If Warner is Australia's best batsman then he should be capable of playing a short ball, which he is.

Posted by Ozchris on (January 30, 2013, 10:27 GMT)

Why are people having a go at MJ? Oh yes, he should only bowl at half pace. Better yet, maybe he should just use a tennis ball. That'd certainly prepare the Aussies for a hostile Windies pace attack on a bouncy WACA wicket. Accidents happen, it's unfortunate. If you're going to have a go at anyone... Warner... improve your defensive technique.

Posted by sando31 on (January 30, 2013, 10:23 GMT)

I'm sure Ishant Sharma can sleep a little easier in his bed tonight for the meantime. Anyway, i remember ricky ponting stating that the WACA practice wickets are by far and away the fastest and most difficult to settle into. Maybe they can drop those wickets into the centre and relive the glory days!!!!!

Posted by KhanMitch on (January 30, 2013, 10:23 GMT)

Yes Hyclass you are right, they made the annoucement and good luck to Uzy, always felt that 1 ODI was not enough and I am glad he gets another chance. How many hands can one bloke break?!! Unbelievable from Mitch Johnson, shame he's now broken one of our only in form batsman's fingers. I also hope we don't get one of the allrounders to open as we need an opening batsman and Khawaja got 70 as opener yesterday against the Windies.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2013, 10:22 GMT)


Are you serious in saying that they are afraid of pace of Ashok dinda you are quite funny do not remember what PAK that did to him Australia will crush even more badly.

Posted by ajithabey on (January 30, 2013, 10:18 GMT)

this guy is building a reputation as a finger cracker.Intimidatory bowling may not get him anywhere.Bowling wicket to wicket may bring him better results. aussies get a taste your own medicine.

Posted by InsideHedge on (January 30, 2013, 10:11 GMT)

From an Indian perspective, Shane Watson has a very high rate of success against the Indian bowlers. This injury will now allow Watson to go back to opening the innings where he's most valuable. Warner has experience of playing IPL in India but he was still unproven in Tests out there. Somehow, I fear Watson far more.

I hope the Aussies continue with their odd-ball selections for the India tour, we (India) need all the help we can get given our performances in Tests over the last 18 months. A few Oz injuries + some bizarre selections might just even things up and give us a chance.

Posted by SurenA on (January 30, 2013, 10:05 GMT)

What an absolute joke. Is MJ out of his mind. For god sake this was just a practise session not a World Cup final. Bowling body line to your best batsman and breaking is thumb? Without Warner Aussies are going to struggle to win games.

Posted by hycIass on (January 30, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

@Junikamra they have just announced that Khawaja is the replacement for the first 2 ODIs, excellent choice and shows selectors are serious about giving the talented left hander his second game.

Posted by Thefakebook on (January 30, 2013, 9:25 GMT)

Like I said its Doolan time!

Posted by Mervo on (January 30, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

Johnson is such a finger breaker! Graham Smith (twice), Kallis and De Villiers if I recall. What a weapon. Probably cranky because he can't get a game and leading cricketers like Ben Laughlin, John Hastings and Clint McKay are the regulars picked before him .... in the ODI and T 20. He should move to VIC then he would have a chance

Posted by dinosaurus on (January 30, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

@ the England supporters for the Ashes, I am really looking forward to Mitch Johnson shutting you lot up. Provided he stays injury free you will see why the selectors chose him. You may not have noticed that the SA fans did not join in your chortling. They have memories. You too will get some memories.

Posted by Dashgar on (January 30, 2013, 9:01 GMT)

Big opportunity for someone to step in and stake their claim for a top order spot. Hughes and Cowan will have a bit of pressure off them in the short term but if Warner's replacement shows he has the goods then these two could be under some pressure. Either way tough for Australia in the short term, Warner is a good player, but with injuries comes opportunities, and we need to blood more batsmen at this stage in our team's development.

Posted by Gappistan on (January 30, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

He is not injured, he is scared of Ashok Dinda's pace and swing.I am sure more Aussie batsman will use injury as an excuse to escape the ferocious bowling of Dinda.

Posted by Meety on (January 30, 2013, 8:46 GMT)

MJ strikes again!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Mitty2 on (January 30, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

@rednwhitearmy sorry Dave is not up to the standards of nick Compton, in who, against an outstanding and proven Indian attack could muster up just a staggering average of 34. Warner's century against the best pace attack in the world was just a fluke anyway.

Posted by Big-Dog on (January 30, 2013, 8:31 GMT)

I wonder which inappropriate, undeserving player the selectors will bring in to replace him.

Posted by shakthi0707 on (January 30, 2013, 8:18 GMT)

good news for indian bowlers

Posted by Mitty2 on (January 30, 2013, 8:11 GMT)

Obviously still going to select him for the squad. But bring in rogers for the tour as backup for at risk batsmen, who need rotation.

Posted by Patchmaster on (January 30, 2013, 8:10 GMT)

This is great news. Aus selectors will be thinking about playing Johnson in the Ashes series, and the Eng batsmen can take him apart again. Love it.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (January 30, 2013, 8:10 GMT)

I really hope he stays fit so he can play in all 10 ashes tests. Otherwise they might use a real opener.

Posted by Clan_McLachlan on (January 30, 2013, 7:59 GMT)

He can expect a get-well card in the mail from Graeme Smith...

Posted by iameer on (January 30, 2013, 7:56 GMT)

That's like the third person's hands that Johnson has broke in the last couple of months. First Sanga and Prassanna J. and now Warner. CA should seriously consider playing him all formats as he bowled splendidly against SL and in the recent past. Can see glimpses of his old fiery Johnson back.

Posted by Mary_786 on (January 30, 2013, 7:54 GMT)

We cannot lose Warner, he is key to our plans to win the India series and the coming ODIs. Khawaja would be the obvious punt for replacement but i think all fans are hoping Warner comes through without any injury.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2013, 7:52 GMT)

This is a chance to Give Warner a rest prior to the Indian tour and bring back Usman Khawaja.. He deserves a chance in ODI format... he should play in those 5 ODI's against WI.

Posted by lukecannon on (January 30, 2013, 7:49 GMT)

Well done Australia Cricket. This is a nice strategy.. because everybody hates the rotation policy.. Now they alreeady have an excuse for losing back to back ODI series against SL and now WI. SL won ODI series 3-2. FACT.

Posted by Sunil_Batra on (January 30, 2013, 7:29 GMT)

Best chance to bring in Khawaja before the Indian trip, he had 1 ODI and deserves another shot, though i do hope Warner pulls through

Posted by alabatusa on (January 30, 2013, 7:29 GMT)

Warner out. Khawaja In...

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