Like Steve Smith, David Warner to undergo surgery on injured elbow
Warner led Sylhet Sixers in seven matches and amassed 223 runs with three half-centuries.
Updated - Jan 21, 2019 10:44 am
Australia batsman David Warner’s maiden stint in the Bangladesh Premier League came to an unfortunate end. The left-handed batsman, who is currently serving the one-year ban imposed on him because of his role in the ball-tampering scandal last year, returned to Australia after suffering an elbow injury. He had sustained the injury while scoring a quickfire 61 for Sylhet Sixers against defending champions Rangpur Riders.
Warner is now all set to go under the knife for a minor surgery on his problematic elbow. The suspended Test opener will check in for an assessment in Melbourne on Tuesday. He is likely to be operated on the same day. He is likely to spend three weeks on the sidelines before resuming full training.
Fortunately for the Aussies, Warner’s injury is not as serious as the one sustained by Steve Smith. Consequently, Warner will have ample time to practise ahead of this year’s World Cup. On the other hand, Smith’s preparations could be ruined because of the injury on his right elbow. The former Australia skipper had to fly back home too from Bangladesh before he underwent surgery. He is likely to spend six weeks on the sidelines.
Meanwhile, Smith and Warner’s bans end on March 29 and there are wide speculations that they could return in a one-day series against Pakistan in the UAE. But with the series clashing with the IPL, which gets underway on March 23, the duo is set to face a big dilemma. Both Warner and Smith will lead their respective teams in the IPL after missing the last edition due to the ban.
Warner’s BPL in numbers:
David Warner enjoyed a decent outing with the bat in his maiden season at the Bangladesh Premier League. The southpaw started the tournament on a poor note, getting run-out for just 14. However, he bounced back in style, slamming a fifty in his next game. Overall, he finished the competition with 223 runs in 7 games including three fifties.
Against Rangpur Riders, he also batted right-handed for three deliveries during his 36-ball 61 against Chris Gayle, hitting him for 6, 4 and 4.