posted on Jun, 12 2004 @ 08:40 AM
Shane Warne is a doubt for Australia's two home Tests against Sri Lanka next month after breaking his hand playing for Hampshire. The 34-year-old
sustained the injury after being struck by a Darren Gough delivery while batting in the 114-run Championship win over Essex.
"Shane is expected to be ruled out for three to five weeks,"
Hampshire physio Paddy Farhard confirmed.
Chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said Australia would monitor the situation.
"Shane phoned me overnight to inform me of the injury,"
"At this stage it's too early to determine whether he will or won't be available for the Top End tour."
"Cricket Australia medical staff need to talk to Shane and the medical staff at Hampshire to determine a course of action and the selectors will be
guided by that advice."
Australia will face Sri Lanka in Darwin from 1-5 July and Cairns from 9-13 July.
New South Wales leg spinner Stuart MacGill could replace Warne if he is ruled out.
Warne has taken 517 Test wickets and is 10 wickets behind the world mark held by Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan.