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Warner back problem worrying Oz selectors

December 20, 2011 - Melbourne

Australia's cricket selectors have reportedly expressed concern and worry over Test opener David Warner's nagging back problem.

Warner left the field twice to seek treatment from team physiotherapist David Beakley for an injury that first surfaced while he carried his bat in Australia's unsuccessful run chase against New Zealand in Hobart last Monday.

A team spokesman said last night that there were no concerns over Warner's availability for the Boxing Day Test, but added that the opener's injury has provided national selectors with more uncertainty leading into tomorrow's squad announcement.

Shane Watson remains the key piece of Australia's selection puzzle and selectors may consider naming him in an expanded squad to give him every chance of proving his fitness after recent hamstring and calf strains.

But Phillip Hughes's hopes of a last-minute reprieve appear dashed.


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