Australia fret over David Warner’s injury ahead of T20 World Cup opener

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Defending champions Australia’s preparation for the T20 World Cup suffered a major blow after their opening star, David Warner, retired with a stiff neck from the third T20I against England on Friday. Before opening their campaign against New Zealand on October 22, Australia meet India in a warm-up match in Brisbane next Tuesday. “I’m a little stiff this morning. I obviously had a pretty bad fall the other day. I had never seen a Whiplash Cup campaign in the United Arab Emirates last year, said Fox Cricket.

Steve Smith has been called up as his replacement in their third and final T20I.

The 35-year-old, who was in top form with two and a half centuries in three games, had suffered a concussion in Wednesday’s second T20I against England at the Manuka Oval in Canberra.

Warner awkwardly landed on the point line trying to catch Moeen Ali and was replaced by Smith.


However, the left-hander passed the concussion test and opened alongside captain Aaron Finch, only to be sacked by England seaman Reece Topley for four in the fifth over.

England won the match by eight runs and led the series 2-0.

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