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Australia head coach Darren Lehmann has revealed that opening batsman and Test vice-captain David Warner is likely to be on board the team flight to Bangladesh on Friday.
Lehmann’s comments come after Warner was struck on the side of the neck by a bouncer from Josh Hazelwood on the second day of an intra-squad practice game in Darwin on Tuesday.
Even though Warner sat out the third day of the match, which saw a David Warner XI going up against a Steve Smith XI, Lehmann confirmed that the 30-year-old is still feeling the effects of the blow as he has a stiff neck and a headache.
“He seems all right, 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 told reporters in Darwin on Wednesday. “It’s always a scare when that happens, isn’t it? Hopefully he’s going to be okay.”
When asked about the practice game, Lehmann conceded that the players were given a chance to prove their worth in tough conditions, which is exactly what they will face when going up against Bangladesh.
In addition to this, the last time Australia toured Bangladesh for a Test series was back in 2006, which means the Baggy Greens could be in for a major surprise when they take on the hosts in the first Test in Mirpur on August 27.
“They’re all pretty cooked, 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.”