David Warner to miss start of West Indies series

Australia's David Warner on day two of their third Test against Sri Lanka, January 4, 2013
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Australia batsman David Warner is ruled out of the first two one-day internationals against West Indies with a fractured thumb.

Australia have confirmed that David Warner will miss the first two matches of the one-day series with West Indies due to a fractured thumb.

Mitchell Johnson struck the left-hander with a delivery during a practice session in Perth ahead of the February games against the Twenty20 world champions.

Team physiotherapist Kevin Sims said: "While the fracture is very minor, it is not worth taking any risks.

"The injury will keep him out of at least the next two matches against West Indies. We'll assess how he is progressing after that to determine his availability for the remainder of the series."

Usman Khawaja has been called into the squad as cover for Warner.

Sri Lanka's Nuwan Kulasekara after taking a wicket in his sides match with Australia on January 18, 2013
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