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Australia opener David Warner has revealed that his broken thumb is taking longer than expected to heal, but still believes that he will be fully fit when the Baggy Greens take on New Zealand next month.
Warner suffered the injury when he was struck on the hand by the first ball he faced from England pace bowler Steven Finn in the second ODI at Lord’s on September 5.
Warner was initially scheduled to be out of action for six weeks, but that timeline is set to be extended as scans have showed that his thumb is still broken.
“I saw the surgeon at the four-week mark, which was last Friday,” Warner told reporters. “I had an X-ray and it was still broken.
“He said generally around the six-week mark, I’m coming up to five weeks at the moment, generally it would be healed.
“I’ll have a follow up X-ray this Friday and then if all goes well I’ll be having a hit (in the nets) on Monday.”
The 28-year-old added that he intends to represent New South Wales in their Sheffield Shield match against South Australia on October 28 as it will take place a week prior to the first Test against the Blackcaps.
“My goal is to play that Shield game, I want to play that Shield game to have a hit because I don’t think I’ll be able to get out here and play any of the last couple of games for the (domestic one-day competition),” Warner said. “You don’t lose that (ability) overnight.
“You’re only one or two hits away in the nets, an hour off getting back to what you can do. But obviously batting against bowlers is going to be the key.
“I’ve broken this before and I know exactly what I have to do. That’s getting it right with the bat first and then we’ll worry about the fielding and catching later.”