Warner to replace injured Clarke for second ODI

January 17th, 2009 - 6:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Jan 17 (IANS) David Warner will replace injured Michael Clarke in Australia’s Commonwealth Bank Series squad for the second One-day international against South Africa at Bellerive Oval in Hobart Sunday.Warner has been called into the squad as Clarke has been advised a two week break to recover from his thumb injury in time for One-dayers against New Zealand.

“When Michael arrived in Melbourne Wednesday, it was evident that after one week’s rest the pain in his thumb had decreased enough for him to bat at training the following day,” Australian team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said.

“However during last 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.”

He will now rest for two weeks, after which 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.

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

National selection panel Chairman Andrew Hilditch said: “This is very disappointing for Michael and his presence will be sorely missed. However it presents an exciting opportunity for David Warner to follow his spectacular Twenty20 debut in the 50-over format for Australia.”

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