Australia in England 2015 September 6, 2015

Warner 'highly unlikely' for Bangladesh


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As David Warner rated himself "highly unlikely" to be fit in time for the tour of Bangladesh, Australia have been compelled to raid English county ranks for reinforcements as Nathan Coulter-Nile became the third member of the ODI touring party to be ruled out of the series due in the space of two days.

A recurrence of hamstring trouble is a bad sign for Coulter-Nile, who has suffered a right hamstring strain in his first series back after undergoing surgery on his left hamstring during the home summer. He joins Warner and Shane Watson as casualties from the second match against England at Lord's, after Ryan Harris, Brad Haddin, Michael Clarke and Chris Rogers were all either withdrawn or retired from the national team during the preceding Ashes series.

The surfeit of withdrawals has meant that the national selectors have pulled the Victorian duo of John Hastings (Durham) and Peter Handscomb (Gloucestershire) from county cricket after already calling up Aaron Finch to replace Warner. The drain of experience from the team is now an extreme one, leaving the new captain Steven Smith with a decidedly youthful squad for the remainder of this tour and more than likely Bangladesh as well.

Warner said he was very doubtful of his ability to recover from a broken thumb in time, having been struck by Steven Finn in more or less the same place where Mitchell Johnson struck him a stinging blow in the WACA nets ahead of an ODI match against South Africa last summer.

"I knew pretty much straight away when I got hit that it was the same one and it was quite painful," Warner said before flying home. "Look I know from last time when it was actually just a minor fracture, it was a minimum of three weeks before I could pick up a bat. You never want to miss a Test match. I never do want to miss a Test match but it's probably highly unlikely I'm going to make Bangladesh.

"At the moment it's six weeks with the thumb so that's before I can pick up a bat. So I think that pretty much sums up what I can and can't do. So for me it's about trying to target what's after that and sit down with obviously the coach and the selectors and see what I have to do. I wanted to go on with the form to try and put some big scores on the board in this one-day tournament and now I'm going to miss the rest of this and quite possibly the Test series. 

"I'm gutted. I'm not happy about that but I'll get a bit of a break now and have got six to eight weeks off before we have to come back and assemble for the first-class game [for New South Wales] in Adelaide so it's now time to get back as soon as possible and then I can work on my fitness for longevity for the next few years."

Warner's potential loss to the Test squad will also be a blow to Smith, as the pair seek to begin a fruitful partnership as captain and deputy. The concurrent retirement of Watson makes it increasingly likely that the selectors will name their least experienced opening combination in decades, with Joe Burns (two Tests) and the uncapped Cameron Bancroft in line for the opportunity.

"It'd be nice if I can have a little bit of a chat to whoever is there," Warner said of his replacements, "but with the experience with Steve Smith who has been over there and a couple of other lads they can actually learn from them. I'm pretty sure the guys that are coming in, guys from Australia A they've just played in India and know what the experiences are like, so whoever comes in I'm sure will do a great job and do whatever they can to help the team win."

The injuries are a significant hurdle for the Australia coach Darren Lehmann also, as he seeks to mould a new side under Smith's leadership. "We're disappointed to lose players of the calibre of David Warner, Shane Watson and Nathan Coulter-Nile," Lehmann said, "but we have quality replacements on hand in Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb and John Hastings.

"We looked at all options including the possibility of flying in cover from Australia but the fact all three of the players we have drafted in are already in England means they can join us at short notice, be acclimatised to conditions and be available for selection immediately, if required. We look forward to them playing their parts in trying to ensure we finish this tour with a victory in the ODI series, starting in Manchester on Tuesday night."

Though prolific with the ball for Durham, Hastings has not played for Australia since his one and only Test against South Africa at the WACA in 2012. The inclusion of the 24-year-old Handscomb is more of a pointer towards the future, as he took part in the recent Australia A tour of India and is regarded as one of the most promising batting prospects in the country.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @danbrettig

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  • Anand on September 10, 2015, 15:27 GMT

    He would have failed anyways with spin being his enemy.. BD have a bunch of spinners who could easily trouble him..

  • Shipu on September 9, 2015, 13:54 GMT

    Like to remind everyone that Bangladesh Cricket has changed for the better. Sadly! we just don't get as many games as the other teams otherwise we would've easily climbed up in the rankings. This year Bangladesh have qualified for the 1/8 of the world cup in Australian/New Zealand conditions beating England who had lots of preparation before the tournament unlike Bangladesh. Later, Bangladesh THRASHED Pakistan 3-0 in ODIs, won the T20 game and drawn a test. After that, Bangladesh won the ODI series against the #2 ranked India. After that, Bangladesh won the ODI series against the mighty South Africa. Both those series against India and South Africa were won CONVINCINGLY!!! unfortunately the test series against #1 South Africa were rain affected ending in draws but Bangladesh were on top against South Africa especially the first test. I think its safe to say what Bangladesh will do to this Australia side next month. Shame there are no ODI series and I can see why Australia refuse it.

  • Phil on September 8, 2015, 6:05 GMT

    Reading on what the selectors have been saying I still doubt they're going to pick a top three of Bancroft, Burns and Khawaja (though I would).

    I suspect the line up will be more like

    Burns Khawaja Smith S Marsh Voges M Marsh Nevill Johnson Starc Lyon Siddle

    Long term i think Khawaja and Warner can form a very good opening parnership and excited also to see Pattinson back soon.

  • Rob on September 8, 2015, 2:34 GMT

    THERISINGTEAM ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2015, 8:47 GMT: You keep making these brash statements, I suppose from Bangladesh's ranking position rise is the only real direction they can go, I imagine the games will be rained off with about 2 days play the claim of drawn series will be touted again. Bangladesh fans seem to very disrespectful to a team that is making what is a very unattractive tour, as for world best all rounder that is a good one.

  • Mashuq on September 7, 2015, 23:53 GMT

    The loss of Warner is a big blow. Bangladesh recently dismissed SAf for 248 and gained a lead of 80 before rain washed out the game. Aus will be risking humiliation (remember Gillespie's match-winning 201* 10 years ago) if they fail to maximize opportunities through flaky selections. Therefore must agree @SIRVIV1973 ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2015, 15:07 GMT with your suggestions for the team balance in those conditions. Since it is likely to turn square it is better to have good players of spin bat lower down. A good squad would be Burns, Khawaja, Smith, Ferguson, Voges, Nevill, M. Marsh, Starc, Cummins, Lyon, Fawad, Siddle, S. Marsh, O'Keefe, Faulkner. The last 4 are like for like replacements in case of injury: Shaun Marsh playing the role he mostly filled in the UK; SOK next in line as second spinner; Siddle should the wicket not be dust bowls; Faulkner should M Marsh be injured. Maxwell being an offie isn't needed to complement Lyon, while Agar and Bancroft need more Shield experience.

  • Sam on September 7, 2015, 19:24 GMT

    My test squad of Aus for Ban: 1 Klinger 2 Khawaja 3 Smith (C) 4 Burns 5 Voges 6 M Marsh 7 Nevill (WK) 8 O'Keefe 9 Starc 10 Lyon 11 Cummins. 12 Pattinson 13 Siddle 14 Wade (WK) 15 Ferguson.

  • Sam on September 7, 2015, 19:09 GMT

    @SIRVIV1973: Regarding Klinger in T20Is, Aus should pick him as he's specialist in it. Over the last 6 years or so he has done terrific with 5 T20 100s in his name. He should have been picked more regularly by IPL franchises but surprisingly went unsold at the auction. Whatever experience he has in Ind, he has done well from what I remember. Yes, I don't see him playing in WC 2019. But this man has done so much that (averages 49 in List A) he deserves to play 1/2 ODIs & currently there was a great chance to hand him an ODI debut. Remember back in 2009, Shane Harwood was given ODI matches vs SOU. In tests, Aus has lost experiences due to retirements. Klinger can be an option for opening. It doesn't matter if 3 guys (specially batsman Klinger, Voges, bowler Johnson) are 30+. How old was Rogers when he was brought back in tests ? Didn't he deliver ? Voges, Klinger and Hodge are guys who deserved much more.

  • Shah on September 7, 2015, 17:20 GMT

    @AHMADIINAWAZII I am guessing you are jealous paki who is still crying over the Banglawash. Com'on man, accept the fact that our cricket is way better than yours at the moment. 'Lucky Bangla' lol How can you say that after we won series against SA and India and obviously with guys which you lost very badly. Pay respect where it due and stop being arrogant.

  • Dean on September 7, 2015, 15:32 GMT

    @SAMWINSTON92, re Klinger. I don't really think Aus have a shortage of batsman for Ltd overs cricket so I would question why they would want to pick an uncapped 35 year old for T20WC, particularly given that he has limited experience of playing in Ind (4 games in IPL & 4 in CL). In terms of the ODI side they need to now be building a team for the WC in 2019, at 39 Klinger will surely be too old by then. In terms of the test side they can't keep picking guys in their mid 30s with little or no international experience. I suspect Voges has done enough to stay in the side so what's the point of picking someone else the same age when you are going to have to replace both in a yr or so or picking Klinger for 2 games & then putting Warner back when he's fit?. Klinger has had something of an 'Indian Summer' to his FC career and if he was a few years younger he would deserve a call but Aus have to start thinking of the future & not just trying quick fixes.

  • sanjoy on September 7, 2015, 15:12 GMT

    Due to weight training and leg streching excercise most of the Australian cricket players are suffering of muscle problems.Remove the Physio and you will find 16 fir players.Because a physio is getting highly paid he is over doing things with the players hence these shoulder and hamstring problems.

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