Australia face openers' crisis for Bangladesh series


Jannatul Naym Pieal

As David Warner had to leave the field retire hurt after one delivery in Saturday’s one-dayer against England at Lord’s, Australia now could potentially be looking for two new openers for next month’s Test tour of Bangladesh, to be started from 9th of October in Chittagong.

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In the very first over of the second match of the series, Warner was struck on the left thumb by a vicious bouncer from England’s Steve Finn. Warner looked to defend the chest-bound delivery. But immediately after he played the delivery, and the ball bobbled over the English wicketkeeper Jos Buttler, the Australia opener wrung his hand, and then removed his glove once he got to the other end.

Warner was assessed by the Australia team physio John Orchard, who is also Cricket Australia’s chief medical officer, and left the field without facing any further delivery. About an hour after the incident, Cricket Australia (CA) informed the left hander had been given a injection of painkilling in his left thumb in case he needed to take the field to bat again but would not field. The team hierarchy also planned to send him for X-rays as soon as his batting duties were completed.

Following the retirement of Chris Rogers after the final Ashes Test, the Aussies were already having to select a new Test opener. The selection of Joe Burns as opener for the one-day series, despite not having an outstanding one-day domestic record, indicated he was strongly in contention for the role to partner Warner.

To be noted, the only time Warner has been missing from the Australian Test team since his debut back in November 2011 was in the first two Tests of the 2013 Ashes down under, as he got suspended at the start of the tour.