Sydney: Batting tyro David Warner’s push for a baggy green will take a crucial step on Sunday when he makes his first Sheffield Shield appearance of the season for New South Wales against South Australia at the Bankstown Oval.
The left-hander primed himself for the clash with the Redbacks by scoring a well-made 86 off 98 balls in Friday`s one-day match against South Australia at the SCG that earned him the man-of-the-match award in New South Wale`s 23-run win.
But according to a leading daily, Warner knows if he`s to realise his Test ambitions he must continue to be in good touch in the longer form of the game.
"I`m seeing the ball very well. It`s one of those things, you want to try and ride the wave as much as you can and stay on it. Hopefully this summer I can prove something,” he was quoted, as saying.
He added: "It`s more the maturity, batting time, and when you`re out there in a four-day match you`ve got a lot more time than you think. Hopefully it`s a helpful wicket out at Bankstown, (I) haven`t played there in a long time but (I`m) looking forward to it, hopefully I can put some runs on the board.”
The game heralds Warner`s Shield return for the Blues, along with Doug Bollinger and Steve Smith, after all three missed New South Wale`s opening two matches due to their international commitments with Australia in South Africa.
New South Wales: Stephen O`Keefe (captain), Doug Bollinger, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Simon Katich, Josh Lalor, Nicolas Maddinson, Peter Nevill, Ben Rohrer, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner (12th man to be named).
South Australia: Cullen Bailey, Cameron Borgas, Dan Christian, Tom Cooper, Ben Dougall, Callum Ferguson, Michael Klinger (captain), Tim Ludeman, Aaron O``Brien, Gary Putland, Peter George, Joe Mennie (12th man to be named).