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Warne injury darkens Aussie win

By Roger Vaughan 15/12/2002 10:49:30 PM Comments (0)

A dislocated shoulder to Shane Warne overshadowed Australia's easy one-day cricket win over England at the MCG.

Warne suffered the serious injury to his bowling arm after diving to field a ball during England's innings and is now in serious doubt of missing the World Cup in South Africa starting in six weeks.

Immediately after the match, Australian team physiotherapist Errol Alcott confirmed Warne's right shoulder joint was put back in the dressing room.

Australian team doctor Trefor James put the joint back in place.

Alcott added Warne was due to see a shoulder specialist, as well as undergo diagnostic scans to determine the full extent of the damage.

He said the best-case scenario for Warne was four to six weeks in the stands.

"Our main concern is his prior history," Alcott said.

"He's had surgery on that shoulder before so we need to have a look and see if there's perhaps further damage done to that already damaged joint.

"We're looking four to six (weeks out) to start with. It might be more four than six but it depends if there's anything else injured.

"If there is something more, than we'd probably have to add on the weeks."

Australia thrashed England by 89 runs, dismissing the tourists for 229 in reply to its massive 6-318 from 50 overs.

Warne was bowling in the 28th over when he tried to stop an on-drive from Craig White.

Television footage showed Warne clutching his shoulder in agony and, after several minutes as team support staff assessed him, he was stretchered from the field.

Warne missed much of the 1998-99 season because a reconstruction of the same shoulder.

He also was forced out for several months during the 2000-01 summer when he broke his spinning finger in a fielding accident.

Warne, Test cricket's all-time second-highest wicket taker, successfully overhauled his fitness and diet this year to prolong his career.

Australian opener Adam Gilchrist was named man of the match after he smacked 124 from 104 balls.

His 225-run stand with captain Ricky Ponting (119), who won the toss, was a record partnership for Australia in one-day cricket.

It also was the highest partnership for a one-day international in this country.

Australia picked up a bonus point by restricting England's run rate.

This result extended England's run of matches on this tour without a win to 13.

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