• Warner follows Smith home from BPL

    Australian batsman David Warner will be sidelined from the remainder of the Sylhet Sixers’ Bangladesh Premier League campaign due to an elbow injury early this week.

    Warner will return home – and will likely require six weeks to recover.

    ‘David has reported some pain in his right elbow. He will return to Australia on 21 January to be assessed, but is expected to play in the remaining BPL matches until his return,’ said a Cricket Australia spokesperson.

    ‘We will have a clearer understanding of the extent of the injury once he has been assessed.’

    Warner is the captain of the Sixers, who currently occupy sixth position in the seven-team standings, with two wins in five attempts.

    Former Australian captain Steven Smith, who was playing for the Comilla Victorians, was also ruled out of the competition with a similar injury.

    Smith and Warner are serving bans from international cricket, having been involved in last year’s ball-tampering saga during the Test tour of South Africa. The pair, though, are allowed to play in domestic leagues around the world despite the ban.

    Their suspensions will end prior to the World Cup later this year.

    Test opener Cameron Bancroft was also involved, but was given a shorter sentence. He has since returned to competitive cricket in Australia during the Perth Scorchers’ Big Bash League campaign.

    ‘David suggested to me to carry the action out on the ball given the situation we were in in the game, and I didn’t know any better,’ Bancroft recently told Fox Sports.

    ‘I didn’t know any better because I just wanted to fit in and feel valued, really – as simple as that. The decision was based around my values, what I valued at the time and I valued fitting in.

    ‘You hope that fitting in earns you respect and with that, I guess, there came a pretty big cost for the mistake. I would have gone to bed and I would have felt like I had let everybody down.’

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