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O'Keefe fires in tour match in Colombo

  • O'Keefe fires in tour match in Colombo

    Australian cricketer David Warner bats during a practice session at the P. Sara Oval Cricket Stadium ahead of a warm-up match in Colombo on July 17, 2016. Australia and Sri Lanka play three Test, five One-Day Internationals and Two T20 series matches between July 26 and September 9, with the first Test played from July 26 at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele. / AFP / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI (Photo credit should read LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

David Warner will go into next week's first cricket Test against Sri Lanka without playing a match after he was ruled out of the only warm-up game.

Warner is racing the clock to overcome a broken index finger sustained in the one-day tri-series in the West Indies last month, and has only began batting properly in the nets in recent days.

He also skipped a recent inter-squad mid-wicket trial match, where back-up opener Shaun Marsh struck an unbeaten century against the likes of Mitch Starc and Josh Hazlewood.

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Warner was originally only expected to miss between two and six weeks with the fractured index finger, however he was still only batting with one hand in the nets against slower bowlers last week.

However Australian team officials say he is still on track to play in the first Test, which begins in Kandy on July 26.

Meanwhile Stephen O'Keefe and Nathan Lyon will both play in the three-day tour match against a Sri Lankan XI starting on Monday in Colombo, as selectors toy with the idea of picking two spinners.

Paceman Josh Hazlewood will also miss the match.

Australia squad: Shaun Marsh, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (c), Adam Voges, Mitch Marsh, Peter Nevill (wk), Mitchell Starc, Stephen O'Keefe, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird, Nathan Coulter-Nile (12th man to be named).

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