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David Warner struck in the neck during practice session

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David Warner of Australia prepares to bat. (Photo by Robert Cianflone – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

Vice captain David Warner was struck with an stinging blow to his shoulder during a training session. The injury, fortunately isn’t serious and the Australian cricket team camp remain confident star batsman David Warner will be fit for the first test with Sri Lanka despite suffering a training mishap.

Apparently, Warner did not get hit while facing anyone and was hit by a stray ball when he was padding up to bat in the nets. The southpaw was checked over by team doctor Peter Brukner and was perfectly fine after icing the blow. He had no problems and practiced for a full session against the spin bowlers. He didn’t appear to suffer any ill effects from the blow and handled the spinners with ease.

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Warner, who missed an entire tri-series after suffering a finger injury in last month’s Caribbean tour, had already been ruled out of Australia’s three-day tour match against a Sri Lankan XI in Colombo, starting on Monday.

He will join Josh Hazlewood and Moises Henriques, who were both omitted from the 12 man squad to play in the practice match.

Warner will be replaced as opener by Shaun Marsh who scored a century in the teams last hit out – an intra-squad game played last week.

Australia go into the series heavy favourites against the world number seven ranked test playing nation. The visitors after coming to the Islands after beating West Indies and South Africa in the Tri series. Sri Lankans, on the other hands, were drubbed by the English 2-0 in the three test series in England recently.

The first test of the three match series begins in Kandy on July 26.

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