Sydney - Newly appointed Australian Test vice-captain David Warner has been
ruled out of next month's tour of Bangladesh due to a fractured thumb, Cricket
Australia said on Friday.
Warner suffered the injury when he got in a tangle trying to play a Steven
Finn bouncer at Lord's almost a week ago, forcing him to miss the rest of the
one-day international series against England.
The opener's injury was examined by a hand specialist in Sydney on Thursday
and Cricket Australia said while surgery was not required he would not be fit
in time for Bangladesh.
"David has been told that the fracture will take at least four weeks to
stabilise and a further two weeks before he can start batting and catching
again," Cricket Australia's Pat Howard said.
"He is naturally disappointed to be missing a Test tour, particularly
his first as vice-captain of the Australian team."
Australia are due to play two Tests in Bangladesh next month, the first such
series between the nations since 2006.
"It's really disappointing. I never want to miss a match for Australia
but I'll be doing everything I possibly can to get back as quickly as
possible," Warner said.
Cricket Australia said Warner was expected to be fit in time for the home
series against New Zealand starting in November.