Australia in England 2015 September 5, 2015

Warner out of England ODIs with thumb fracture

Australia's vice-captain David Warner is facing the tightest of schedules to make the October Test tour of Bangladesh after x-rays revealed he had suffered a fractured left thumb when struck by his first ball from Steven Finn in the second ODI against England at Lord's.

Warner's injury is expected to keep him out of action for up to six weeks, meaning he will struggle to be available for at least the first of the two Tests on the subcontinent, leaving the Australian selectors needing to consider an all-new opening combination for the assignment following the retirement of Chris Rogers.

Joe Burns and Cameron Bancroft are leading contenders to go to Bangladesh. Warner will be eager to tour as part of a new leadership combination alongside the recently-appointed captain, Steven Smith.

"I'm not 100% sure if he's out of the first Test yet, but he's got a little fracture in his thumb," Smith said of Warner. "It was disappointing to lose him in that fashion today, but I thought the boys stood up really well and got the job done. That was the most important thing at present, and I think looking forward got to find someone else to potentially fill the role that he won't be able to do.

"I'm really looking forward to it [Bangladesh] to be honest. I can't wait to captain Australia in Test cricket, and hopefully I'll be able to have a few senior players around to lean on."

Aaron Finch, who missed initial selection for this squad as a result of a broken foot sustained while playing for Yorkshire, is now fit again and has been called into the squad to replace Warner for the England ODIs. "It's very exciting to be back," Finch said. "It's unfortunate for David Warner for me to come in under these circumstances, that's not ideal, but these things happen in cricket and it's great for me to be back."

Upon being struck by Finn in the day's first over, Warner immediately retired hurt and did not bat again in the innings, though he did briefly test out the injury in the Nursery End nets after taking painkillers. Warner has played every Test for Australia - 24 in all - since his recall to the team for the third Test of the previous Ashes tour.

Shane Watson also spent time off the field in the afternoon, having suffered what a Cricket Australia spokesperson described as a "minor right calf strain". He will undergo scans once the team arrives in Manchester on Sunday to determine his availability for the rest of this series.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @danbrettig

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