Warner likely to miss ODI series

  • Last Updated: January 31 2013, 11:13 GMT

Australian chief selector John Inverarity expects injured opener David Warner to sit out the one-day series against the West Indies in order to focus on the upcoming tour of India.

Warner: Thumb injury
Warner: Thumb injury

Warner suffered a slight fracture of his left thumb in a net session when facing team-mate Mitchell Johnson, ruling him out of the first two ODIs against the West Indies, but Inverarity believes he will benefit from skipping the entire series after being named in the squad for the four-Test series against India in three weeks' time.

"Look, the chances aren't very good (for him to face the West Indies), I mean the early indication is it's a slight fracture and the indications are he'll certainly be okay for the (first) Test," Inverarity said.

"What we're looking to do, during the next couple of days, is get more feedback on exactly when he will be able to come back."

Inverarity maintained the 17-man Test squad provided flexibility, especially with the bowling attack, as Moises Henriques looked to assume the first-choice all-rounder position.

"One of the options is to play two pace bowlers, two leading spinners and then a medium-fast all-rounder in Moises Henriques," he said.

"Another alternative is to play three pace bowlers, our leading spinner whether that is Xavier Doherty or Nathan Lyon, and then have the back-up all-rounder with Glenn Maxwell.

"The thinking is we'll need more than four bowlers, so Glenn Maxwell is to the fore there and so is Moises Henriques. It's all been very carefully thought through."

Inverarity said Henriques' inclusion for the trip to the sub-continent - along with that of Maxwell and Steve Smith - was a deliberate decision to put time into progressing Australia's all-rounders into the Test set-up.

"It's a very good test for (Henriques) and as the national selection panel has maintained throughout the last 12 months, we feel the need to develop all-rounders," Inverarity said.

"We feel there is a great need to have an all-rounder there and Moises is a young cricketer of terrific potential. He has got a lot of talent and being around the Australian group we hope that it brings out the best in him."

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