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D’Arcy Short to replace injured opener David Warner for remainder of Australia’s white-ball matches v India

A groin injury to David Warner has opened the door for WA and Hobart Hurricanes hitter D’Arcy Short for the rest of Australia’s white-ball matches against India.

The 30-year-old, who was already in Sydney as a stand-by player, is a strong chance to open the batting with captain Aaron Finch the third one-day international against India in Canberra.

The left-handed opener is one of the country’s most destructive limited-overs batsmen, holding the record for the highest domestic 50-over score (257 off 148 balls) to go with the most runs in two of the past three Big Bash tournaments.

But he has only had two opportunities to open up for Australia in his eight ODIs because of the prolific Finch/Warner combination.

Australia already have a two-nil series lead after a 51-run win in Sydney in game two on Sunday, where Warner sustained a groin issue in the field.

Warner will miss the entire Twenty 20 series but the Australian camp are hopeful of a return for the opening Test in Adelaide starting December 17.

Speedster Pat Cummins has been rested until the Test series, with no replacement player coming in.

It strengthens WA and Perth Scorchers seamer AJ Tye’s chances of a long-awaited first international appearances in more than two years.

Tye, the Scorchers’ all-time leading wicket-taker, was added to the squad before the start of the series when fellow paceman Kane Richardson pulled out after the birth of his first child.

“Pat and Davie are critical to our plans for the Test series,” Australian coach Justin Langer said.

“Davie will work through his injury rehab and in Pat’s case it is important all of our players are managed well to keep them mentally and physically fit throughout what is a challenging summer.

“The priority for both is being fully prepared for one of the biggest and most important home Test Series we have played in recent years, especially with World Test Championship points up for grabs.”

The three-game T20 series gets underway in Canberra on Friday.

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