After suffering an elbow fracture and concussion in India, Australia’s opening batsman David Warner will return home and miss the next two Test matches, according to Cricket Australia on Tuesday.
Australia, which is trailing in the four-test series 2-0, has suffered another injury setback in the past two days.
Josh Hazlewood, a fast bowler, was sent home on Monday after his Achilles tendon injury did not heal.
On the first day of the second Test loss in Delhi, Warner was smacked on the helmet not long after being whacked on the elbow. Matt Renshaw, a concussion replacement, took his place.
Warner, who scored just 26 runs as Australia lost both of the opening two matches, will miss the third and fourth Tests at Indore and Ahmedabad but it is hoped he can return for the subsequent one-day series.
“David Warner has been ruled out of the Test tour of India and will return home,” a Cricket Australia statement said.
“After further assessment, he will require a period of rehabilitation which will preclude any further involvement in the remainder of the Test series.
“It is currently anticipated that he will return to India for the three one-day internationals which follow the Test series.”
Australia captain Pat Cummins has also flown home because of a family illness but is expected to return in time for the third Test, which starts on March 1.