Will David Warner Play in IPL 2024?

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Australian cricketer David Warner will miss the final T20I against New Zealand in Auckland due to an adductor injury but is expected to recover in time for the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL) next month.

David Warner had already sat out the second match on Friday as part of Australia’s rotation policy for the series. A statement from Cricket Australia (CA) confirmed that Warner’s injury “will require a brief recovery period which is not expected to affect his availability for the upcoming Indian Premier League leading into the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.”

The estimated recovery time frame for Warner is around seven to ten days. With his absence from the final match, David Warner’s bilateral international career comes to an end, with the upcoming T20 World Cup in June marking his final retirement from Australia duty.

In the first game of the series in Wellington, Warner scored 32 off 20 balls before being booed off the ground by the home crowd. His absence from the final match is expected to give Steven Smith another opportunity at the top of the order as he seeks to secure his spot in the World Cup squad.

Smith made 11 off 7 balls in the second T20I, including an innovative scooped six, before being dismissed lbw by Lockie Ferguson. Despite his performance, Smith is unlikely to command a starting position at the World Cup, with Warner, Travis Head, and Mitchell Marsh likely to form the top three.

Matt Short, who played in the first match in Wellington without batting or bowling, is expected to get another chance in Warner’s absence. There is also a possibility that Marsh will be rested ahead of the Test series, which would see Matthew Wade leading the side.

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