Warner set for tour after bouncer blow

Coach says no fear the opener would miss Friday's flight to Bangladesh after being hit by a short-pitched delivery on Tuesday

Australia vice-captain David Warner is on the mend after copping a bouncer in the neck during the Darwin practice match, coach Darren Lehmann says.

With the Test squad set to depart for Bangladesh on Friday, Lehmann said there was no doubt Warner would be on the flight to Dhaka.

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The 30-year-old was rested for Wednesday's conclusion of the three-day intra-squad game at Darwin's Marrara Oval, despite passing a concussion test after being struck by a Josh Hazlewood ball on Tuesday afternoon.

Warner indicates to Smith where he was struck // Getty
Warner indicates to Smith where he was struck // Getty

Lehmann said Warner was nursing a stiff neck and headache after attempting a hook shot but misreading a short-pitched Hazlewood delivery.

"He seems alright, walking around the ground today, so fingers crossed he'll be okay and we'll get an update in the next day or two," Lehmann said.

"It's always a scare when that happens, isn't it?

"Hopefully he's going to be OK."

David Warner and team psychologist Michael Lloyd walk the boundary // Getty
David Warner and team psychologist Michael Lloyd walk the boundary // Getty

Warner hit the deck, seemingly a result of the momentum of the stroke as much as the impact of the ball, but almost instantly got back on his feet.

As Hazlewood and skipper Steve Smith came to check on him, Warner dropped his bat and removed his helmet and walked off unassisted.

Speaking after play on Tuesday, paceman Pat Cummins said he was relieved Warner had pulled up OK.

"It's good that Davey's fine," Cummins said. "He's a little bit stiff and sore, but just speaking to him then, he's all fine. 

"It's only a practice match so he might or might not be out there tomorrow but he seems to be in pretty good shape."

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The Australia squad will enjoy a day off on Thursday after toiling in hot conditions designed to prepare them for the two-Test Qantas Tour of Bangladesh.

While Peter Handscomb, Steve Smith and allrounder Hilton Cartwright put together big scores, it was a different story for Warner, Matt Renshaw and Usman Khawaja.


Australia will play a tour match commencing next Tuesday ahead of the first Test on August 27, and Lehmann said it would be a valuable chance for his top-order batters to spend more time at the crease.

"They're all pretty cooked, (which is) exactly what we wanted," Lehmann said.

"We would have liked to bat a bit longer today but they were tough conditions and that's exactly what we wanted obviously leading into Bangladesh.

"We've got to get better at batting for longer periods but I thought the spinners were good."

Australia in Bangladesh 2017

Australia squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Ashton Agar, Jackson Bird, Hilton Cartwright, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Renshaw, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade.

Bangladesh squad (preliminary): Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Mahmudullah Riyad, Liton Kumar Das, Mominul Haque, Mehedi Hasan, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Subhashish Roy, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Rubel Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Sanjamul Islam, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Mohammad Saifuddin, Anamul Haque, Abul Hasan Raju, Al Amin Hossain, Nasir Hossain, Muktar Ali, Tanbir Haider, Saqlain Sajib, Shafiul Islam.

11-17 August Australia pre-tour training camp, Darwin

18 August Australia arrive

22-23 August Tour match, TBC

27-31 August First Test, Dhaka

4-8 September Second Test, Chittagong