Warner struggling to be fit for Kiwi Tests


Australia opening batsman David Warner's recovery from a broken thumb has not gone as well as planned, and he may not have enough time to prepare for the Test series against New Zealand next month.

Warner's thumb is still broken, having picked up the injury during the ODI series against England, and at this rate he'll only be able to play one Sheffield Shield game before the Tests.

He had been planning on playing in the Matador One-Day Cup, but that's not longer viable, and Warner says he's the most concerned about fielding with his hand bare, and that his batting should be fine.

Warner said: "My goal is to play that Shield game, I want to play that Shield game to have a hit, because I don't think I'll be able to get out here and play the last couple of games of the Matador.

"Eight years on the road playing a lot of cricket, you don't lose that overnight. This four- to six-week break has mentally freshened me up and I think it's going to put me in good stead for the summer.

"You're only ever one or two hits in the nets, probably an hour off what you can be. But batting against bowlers is going to be the key.

"I think when it comes down to having to catch a ball I'll be a little bit hesitant, but I've broken this before and I know exactly what I have to do, that's about getting it right with the bat first and then fielding and catching after."

WArner's other main worry is getting to grips with a new batting partner, after Chris Rogers' retirement. There are three or four batsmen, from Cameron Bancroft to Shaun Marsh, in the mix to take up that slot, and Warner had wanted more time to bat alongside them.

He added: "Any new person who comes into the team you've got to form a partnership, whether it's my opening partner or a new guy in the team, you've got to try and work out how to go about things.

"If it's a batsman you've got to try and identify their game plan and what they're trying to achieve.

"Whoever it is I've got to look at some of their footage and how they play as well, because I like to know my partner. We talk about first session of a game, where he can get off strike and how I can help him in any way.

"I've got to look at that and identify the partner I'm with to try to get the best out to them and for my own peace of mind."