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23rd January, 2019
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Suspended Australia star David Warner has undergone surgery on his right elbow and will be able to resume batting within a month.

David Warner will likely be fit to return to Australian duties when his 12-month ban is lifted at the end of March, despite elbow surgery.

Warner went under the knife in Melbourne on Tuesday to remove a bone spur and loose piece of bone in his right elbow that were causing inflammation in the joint while playing in the Bangladesh Premier League.

It’s expected he will be able to begin moving his arm by the end of the week and resume batting within a month before returning to the middle.

Warner’s ball-tampering ban ends on March 29 and it’s anticipated he will be piloted into Australia’s team for a yet-to-be scheduled one-day series against Pakistan ahead of the World Cup.

He also intends using the Indian Premier League to piece together his World Cup preparations, which is due to begin near the end of March.

Warner’s elbow injury was not considered as serious as suspended ex-captain Steve Smith’s, who underwent surgery last week and will be in a brace until the end of February.

It remains unclear when Smith will be fit but he faces a race against the clock to play in Pakistan even if the schedule fits his ban.

© AAP