Cricket Australia (CA) on Wednesday (January 23) confirmed that David Warner underwent successful surgery to his elbow on Tuesday and the suspended opener can resume batting in three to four weeks.
Warner, who is currently serving his 12-month suspension for his role in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa, injured the elbow while playing for Sylhet Sixers in the Bangladesh Premier League 2019.
The swashbuckling batsman underwent an operation in Melbourne on January 22 (Tuesday) to remove a bone spur and loose bone, which had caused inflammation.
While Steve Smith’s -who also returned from BBL 2019 mid-way with the injury, elbow surgery required him to be in an arm brace for six weeks, Warner will undergo rehabilitation by the end of the week and can resume batting within 3-4 weeks.
A CA spokesman said of Warner, “David Warner underwent surgery yesterday to remove a bone spur and loose bone in his elbow that was causing an inflamed joint. David will undergo rehabilitation in which we expect him to be able to begin moving his arm by the end of the week, and within 3-4 weeks resume batting, with his return to playing to be determined soon after that.”
Meanwhile, Australia coach Justin Langer has been in contact with the duo to monitor their situation closely, hoping the duo will be getting themselves fit as soon as possible.
He stated, “I spoke to them both last night actually. I think Davey is going to get a clean-up, I don't think Davey's is as serious as Steve's was. That said, Steve is in a brace for the next 5-6 weeks I think.”
Langer signed off by saying, “What we do know about them is, they haven't been good players, they've been great players for Australia. We are obviously monitoring them very closely and we are hopeful they will be getting themselves fit and strong and putting their name up for selection. It's an exciting time coming up.”
(With SEN/Cricbuzz Inputs)