Australian opener David Warner has been ruled out of Australia's first warm-up match against Board President's XI. The two-day practice game, which begins on February 11, comes too soon for Warner who is recuperating from a fractured left thumb.
The left-handed batsman missed missed the first 4 ODIs of the on-ging series against West Indies with the injury. "As of now he is definitely ruled out of the first warm-up game",Cricket Australia media manager Matt Cenin said.
With the first Test against India starting on February 22, Australian team management are monitoring his injury closely. It is yet unclear whether Warner will play any part in the second practice match against India A from February 16-18.
Warner was not among the eight Australian players who landed in Chennai on Thursday night and Cenin informed that he will arrive with the last batch on Tuesday. Ed Cowan, Usman Khawaja, Moises Henriques, Steve Smith, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Jackson Bird and Nathan Lyon are the Aussies who arrived in India early to acclimatise to the conditions.