Australian opener David Warner is hopeful to be available for their next clash against West Indies in the ongoing tri-series after suffering a finger injury against South Africa.
Warner who has been in tremendous form since IPL has carried Australia to 288/6 with a gritty knock of 109 which helped Australia humble South Africa by 36 runs.
The result meant Australia are now at the top of the table with David Warner winning the Man of the match trophy for his well-constructed innings.
The player was struck on the index finger while he attempted a diving catch to dismiss JP Duminy which he failed to during South Africa’s chase.
“The finger is quite sore,” Warner said. “We’ll keep assessing it over the next 24 hours. It’s quite painful. To me, it’s just got the same bruising marks as a normal bug on the finger does. I’m always hopeful. A sore finger is not going to stop me but if it’s broken, that might.
“I was a bit hesitant. When I first looked at it, it didn’t look too good. It had that sort of purple mark on the nail. But it doesn’t feel like the thumb … I’ve broken the thumb twice, I know what that feels like. Hopefully, I’m being positive, and there’s not too much damage.”
Warner is now the leading ODI run scorer of this year 2016 as he piled up 511 runs in just 9 games at an impressive average of 63.87. His century made the difference between the two sides as he tried to make use of every ball.
“It’s always challenging when you play on these small grounds because in the back of your mind you’ve got to take the ego out of it,” Warner said. “When you’re in, you can feel like you can hit every ball for six. But once that ball got older it was harder to bat. It was actually quite hard to free the arms. You’ve got to try and get yourself in and be positive.
“The boundaries are always going to come if you’re being positive, looking with intent to hit the ones and twos. That’s the most important thing about this game, is rotating the strike. There’re four fielders out until the last 10, you’ve just got to make the most of it until you get into there.”
Australia are now very well placed on the top with 9 points followed by South Africa (5 points) and West Indies (4 points). They will take on the hosts West Indies on Monday in their next fixture.