Australian think tank would hope for their in-form batsman to get fit before their next game against hosts, West Indies © Getty Images
Australian think tank would hope for their in-form batsman to get fit before their next game against hosts, West Indies © Getty Images

Australia’s opener, David Warner, is hopeful of being available for Australia’s next match against West Indies on Monday, despite suffering a painful blow to the finger in the win over South Africa in their previous match of the Tri-Nation series. Warner was Man of the Match in St Kitts for his 109 against South Africa, but late in South Africa’s chase he was struck on the index finger of his left hand diving for a catch. He left the field immediately after the blow but he took hope from the fact that, while it had hurt, the feeling was different to when he had broken his thumb previously. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs South Africa, Tri-Nations Series, Match 4 at Basseterre

According to espncricinfo.com, he stated, “The finger is quite sore. We will keep assessing it over the next 24 hours. It is quite painful. To me it is just got the same bruising marks as a normal bung on the finger does. I am always hopeful. A sore finger is not going to stop me but if it is broken, that might.”

Warner was struck when he dived in an attempt to catch a JP Duminy cut off the bowling of Mitchell Marsh in the 39th over and while he failed to make the catch, Australia’s bowlers created enough chances to secure a 36-run win. Warner’s century was the difference in the match, and despite the short boundaries at Warner Park, nearly half his runs came in ones and twos.

Speaking about his first ton outside Australia in the shorter format, he said, “It is always challenging when you play on these small grounds, because in the back of your mind you have got to take the ego out of it. When you are 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 have got to try and get yourself in and be positive”, told the left-hander about his unusual yet handy knock.

The hundred was Warner’s sixth in One Day Internationals (ODIs). Warner has been in splendid form in 2016 as his one-day form has been excellent so far with 511 runs at 63.87.