The seriousness of David Warner's injury is yet to be established. Picture: Glenn Campbell/AAP
The seriousness of David Warner's injury is yet to be established. Picture: Glenn Campbell/AAP

Warner injures elbow in possible World Cup blow

AUSTRALIA'S World Cup preparations have been dealt a blow with David Warner believed to have injured his elbow in the Bangladesh Premier League.

The injury is understood to have been suffered as Warner clubbed an unbeaten 61 off 36 balls for the Sylhet Sixers against Chris Gayle's Rangpur Raiders.

In the same innings, Warner repeatedly switch hit, smashing 14 runs off three Chris Gayle balls while batting right-handed.

A source said the injury might be severe enough to force Warner out of the BPL and back home.

No further details surrounding the injury are known.

It comes just five days after suspended former Australian captain Steve Smith was forced out of the BPL with a similar injury. Smith returned home to Australia and underwent surgery on his elbow.

The injuries could severely hamper both players preparations with the World World Cup and Ashes on the horizon.

It was during the final over of the Sylhet Sixers innings that Warner switched his batting stance to front up as a right-hander.

He had struggled to get Gayle's previous two deliveries away, and so changed it up in a somewhat confusing tactic that paid off immediately.

The first ball he faced right-handed he belted Gayle back over the bowler's head for a six.

The next two balls Warner hit to the boundary for four, smashing 14 runs off three balls and finishing his innings on an unbeaten 61 off 36 balls.

"It was one of those things at the back of my mind as I couldn't get Chris (Gayle) away because of his height and the lengths that he was bowling," Warner said post-match.

"I play golf right-handed, so I thought I might as well come and swing and clear the ropes. It came off."

Warner is still serving a 12-month suspension from international cricket, but will be available for selection in Australia's 50-over World Cup squad.

News Corp Australia


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