‘It’s highly unlikely that I’ll tour Bangladesh’


Australia are set to be without opening batsman David Warner for their tour to Bangladesh next month after he confirmed that he's at least six weeks away from being able to train.

Warner picked up a fractured thumb in the action-packed second ODI against England on the weekend. He was replaced in the squad by Aaron Finch, and now a second opener needs to be found for the Tests against the Tigers.

Warner said on the CA website: "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.

"As I said before 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.

"You never want to miss any games for Australia and especially I wanted to go on with the form (I believe I was in) 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 got six to eight weeks off before we have to come back and assemble for the first-class game in Adelaide.

"So look it’s now time to get back as soon as possible and then I can work on my fitness for longevity of the next few years."

With Chris Rogers retiring after the Ashes, Warner was already without a partner, and now the selectors will need to put an entirely new pair together. Joe Burns and Cameron Bancroift had been the leading contenders.