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Big bats not to blame: David Warner

  • Big bats not to blame: David Warner

    Australian cricketer David Warner celebrates after scoring his century against South Africa during their Tri-nation series One Day International match at the Warner Park stadium in Basseterre, Saint Kitts, on June 11, 2016. / AFP / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

David Warner will head into Australia's away Test series against Sri Lanka short of match practice as he nurses a broken finger.

Warner missed half of last month's one-day international tri-series in the West Indies after breaking his left index finger while fielding.

Medicos said his recovery would take two to six weeks, and the Australian camp is confident he will be fit for the first of three Tests against Sri Lanka in Kandy on July 26.

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Australian coach Darren Lehmann said the aggressive opener was unlikely for an upcoming warm-up match next week, but was a chance for a three-day first class hit-out days before the opening Test.

"He is starting to pick up a bat, but he still has a bit of healing to do yet," Lehmann told Fairfax.

"He is one of these guys who picks up a bat quite quickly. He has had broken fingers and injuries before and we have just plugged him back into Test cricket and he is fine.

"We would like him to play the tour game and, hopefully, medically he can but if he can't, I am not too stressed.

"As long as he is available for the first Test."

Lehmann said Shaun Marsh was on stand-by should Warner fail to recover.

The Australian team leaves for Sri Lanka on Saturday.

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