Why David Warner is returning early from Bangladesh Premier League

first_img Press Trust of India SylhetJanuary 17, 2019UPDATED: January 17, 2019 14:25 IST David Warner is serving a 12-month ban for his role in the infamous ball-tampering scandal last year (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDavid Warner picked up an elbow injury during his ongoing stint with Sylhet SixersWarner will be returning to Australia next Monday to have his injury assessedThe former Australia vice-captain’s 12-month ban for ball-tampering ends on March 28Australian opener David Warner, who is working towards a return to international cricket after serving a ball-tampering ban, has picked up an elbow injury during his ongoing stint with the Bangladesh Premier League.Warner will leave the tournament early to have his injury assessed, joining his former skipper Steve Smith in the injured list.”While the extent of the injury remains unknown, Warner will continue to play for the Sylhet Sixers before he departs, meaning he will feature in matches on the 18th and 19th,” Cricket Australia’s official website ‘cricket.com.au’ said in its report.Smith, who is also serving a 12-month ban for his role in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year, has already undergone a surgery on his right elbow after returning home and is expected to be out of action for at least six weeks.Warner will be returning to Australia next Monday to have his injury assessed.Both Smith and Warner’s 12-month bans end on March 28 and the duo was expected to feature in Australia’s last two matches of the five ODIs against Pakistan in the UAE.Warner looked close to his best in the BPL, scoring two half-centuries in five innings, including a whirlwind unbeaten 61 on Wednesday night.He even batted right-handed in Wednesday’s BPL match for Sylhet Sixers against Mashrafe Mortaza-led Rangpur Riders in Sylhet.After batting with his usual left-handed stance for 32 balls, Warner took guard as a right-handed batsman, helping raise quite a few eyebrows. The Australia opener then smashed Riders’ part-time off-spinner Chris Gayle for a six in the first ball after the switch.advertisementWarner made room for himself and lofted Gayle straight over the bowler’s head and over the ropes, sending the crowd and social media into a tizzy. Warner didn’t stop there as he paddle-swept the next ball to a boundary. He also played a reverse sweep and collected another boundary in the last ball of the 19th over.Warner finished with an unbeaten 61 off 36 balls – 47 off 33 with a left-hander’s guard and 14 off 3 with a right-hander’s. The Australia star’s whirlwind knock helped the Sixers post 187 for 5 on the board.He had struggled in his first BPL outing against Steve Smith-led Comilla Victorians but hit form with a 47-ball 59 in the second game and captained the Sixers to a five-run win over Chittagong Vikings on January 9.Nonetheless, Warner-led Sixers are at the last spot on the seven-team table with just one win from four matches.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow David WarnerFollow Sylhet SixersFollow Bangladesh Premier LeagueFollow BPL 2019 Why David Warner is returning early from Bangladesh Premier LeagueDavid Warner looked close to his best in the BPL, scoring two half-centuries in five innings, including a whirlwind unbeaten 61 on Wednesday night.advertisementlast_img

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