Warner all set to make ODI debut against Proteas on Sunday

January 17th, 2009 - 1:02 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Jan 17 (ANI): Sensational batting star David Warner is all set to make his one-day international debut on Sunday against South Africa in Hobart after being called into the squad to replace the rested Michael Clarke.

Warner now gets another chance to impress after smashing 89 off 43 balls on debut for Australia in the Twenty20 victory over South Africa at the MCG.

Vice-captain Clarke encountered pain in his injured thumb during Fridays loss to South Africa and has been rested for two weeks in an attempt to play in ODIs against New Zealand, FOX Sports reported.

When Clarke arrived in Melbourne on Wednesday, it was evident that after one weeks rest the pain in his thumb had decreased enough for him to bat at training the following day, Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said on Saturday.

However during last nights match, he experienced pain while batting. It was the first time that he had batted without an injection since suffering the injury during the Test match at the WACA Ground.

While Michael could continue to play with pain-relieving injections, this will ultimately slow his recovery. As a result, it was decided that he will now rest for two weeks, after which point he will be reviewed by Cricket Australia medical staff with the plan for him to be available for the Commonwealth Bank Series against New Zealand, he said.

With an important Test series against South Africa starting in four weeks, this is the best course of action, Kountouris added.

Warner is yet to play a first class match for NSW but former players have been calling for the youngster’’s inclusion since his exciting Twenty20 display. Warner will now miss Saturdays Twenty20 Big Bash game against Victoria. (ANI)

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