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Australia worried about David Warner’s injury ahead of T20 World Cup opener | Cricket News

CANBERRA: Defending Champions Australiathe run-up to the World Cup T20 took a major blow after their star opener David Warner withdrew from the third ODI against England with a stiff neck on Friday.
Before opening their campaign against New Zealand on October 22, Australia will face India in a warm-up match in Brisbane next Tuesday.
“I’m a little stiff this morning. Obviously I’ve had a pretty bad fall recently. I’ve never had whiplash. It’s been really stiff,” Warner, who was the player of the tournament in their triumphant T20 World Cup campaign in the UAE last year, Fox told Cricket.
Steve Smith was called up as his replacement in their third and final T20I.
The 35-year-old, who has been in blistering form with two half-centuries in three games, suffered a concussion on Wednesday in their second T20I against England at Canberra’s Manuka Oval.
Warner landed awkwardly on the point boundary while attempting a Moeen Ali catch and was replaced by Smith.
However, the lefthanded batter managed to sustain the concussion and led off alongside captain Aaron Finch, but was ejected for four in the fifth over by English sailor Reece Topley.
England won the game by eight runs and led the series 2-0.

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