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David Warner fractures thumb in Perth
By Justin Chadwick
22:01 AEST Wed Jan 30 2013

Opener David Warner remains a chance of featuring in Australia's Test tour of India despite fracturing his thumb at training on Wednesday.

Warner suffered a minor fracture to his left thumb after being struck by paceman Mitchell Johnson in the WACA Ground nets, with the injury ruling him out of the first two one-dayers against the West Indies.

Usman Khawaja has been named as Warner's replacement in the one-day squad, with Warner's availability for the rest of the five-match series to be reassessed after Sunday's clash in Perth.

Warner was in obvious pain after copping the blow from Johnson, but scans cleared him of a serious fracture.

However, with the four-Test tour against India starting on February 22, Warner has just a tick over three weeks to recover from the fracture.

Warner is expected to be named when the Test squad is announced on Thursday morning, but Australian selectors might need to put a batsman on standby in case Warner fails to recover in time.

Should Warner miss the tour of India, it would allow fit-again all-rounder Shane Watson to slot back into his favoured opening position.

Watson has been riddled by injuries over the past few years, and is now keen to return to the Test arena purely as a batsman in order to avoid any more niggles.

Warner, one of the most explosive hitters in world cricket, has averaged 44.5 from 15 Tests, 30.37 from 38 ODIs and 28.71 from 44 T20Is.

Meanwhile, Australia will be aiming to add to the pain of Chris Gayle's dismal summer when the one-day series against the West Indies starts on Friday at the WACA Ground.

Gayle endured a nightmare T20 Big Bash campaign for the winless Sydney Thunder, scoring just 72 runs at an average of 12 over his first six innings before cracking 65 in the final game.

Despite Gayle's poor return in the Big Bash, Australia haven't been lulled into a false sense of security, with wicketkeeper Matthew Wade and paceman Mitchell Johnson labelling the hard-hitting left-hander as one of the West Indies' biggest threats.

"He's dangerous wherever you bowl to him. He's shown over a long period of time he can take any attack down," Wade said of Gayle, who has failed to pass 35 in his past eight ODIs.\

"Every time you play against Chris Gayle, you're hoping to get him out early.

"It would be nice if we could do the same over these next five one-dayers."

After struggling against Sri Lanka this summer, Australia are desperate to record a comprehensive series win over the West Indies.

Sri Lanka drew the one-day series 2-2, before beating Australia in both T20 encounters.

"We need to go out there and really dominate the West Indies," Johnson said.