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Warne out for 6 weeks with broken finger

Published: Tuesday, October 31, 2000, 18:00 [IST]
 
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Melbourne: Shane Warne will be out of action for six weeks, missing the start of Australia's Test series against West Indies, after breaking a finger during a domestic match on Thursday.Leg-spinner Warne fractured the finger on his right hand, his bowling hand, taking a slip catch for Victoria to dismiss Test teammate Mark Waugh, who was batting for New South Wales on the second day of their four-day game.Victorian team spokesman Jason Bakker told Reuters the injury may not require surgery but would definitely put Warne out of action for at least six weeks.''It looks like the first two Tests (against West Indies) are out. I suppose the worst-case scenario is he misses the whole Test series,'' Bakker said.The first Test starts on November 23 in Brisbane and the second Test begins in Perth on December 1, with the third match in the five-Test series starting in Adelaide on December 15.''It throws up all sorts of possibilities, especially for a player like (New South Wales leg-spinner) Stuart McGill. It's pretty disappointing for Shane,'' Bakker said.''The ball just caught his finger on the tip. He had trouble bending it and moving it straight away. ''He didn't make any comment but he'll probably have a press conference on Friday.''Warne, Australia's leading Test wicket-taker with 366 wickets, has endured shoulder and finger operations in recent years and missed the ICC Knock Out trophy in Kenya earlier this month due to knee surgery following a tough English county season with Hampshire.Warne juggled a regulation slip catch to dismiss Waugh and immediately departed for X-rays. Waugh made 53 in the New South Wales score of 185 for six at the close at the Punt Road Oval. The first day's play was washed out.Meanwhile, Test batsman Ricky Ponting started his domestic season for Tasmania with a superb 207 not out against Queensland on Thursday. Ponting, came in at Brisbane's Allan Border Field with his side 11 for two but proceeded to hit 33 fours and four sixes in his 277-ball stay, including 92 in the last session.Australian number three batsman Justin Langer, who has made three consecutive ducks for Western Australia, struck 60 off 78 balls as his team scored 273 for four against South Australia in Adelaide.Damien Martyn is on 56 not out, having shared with Tom Moody (47 not out) an unfinished fifth wicket partnership of 83.(c) Reuters Limited. Click here for Restrictions


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