Warner sees IPL as platform for bigger things

Melbourne: Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson may feel that Indian Premier League is recipe for burnout but hard-hitting batsman David Warner is happy to again play in the IPL as he sees it as platform for bigger things.

Johnson has opted out of the fourth edition of the IPL, along with Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke and retired greats Matthew Hayden and Glenn McGrath, with his manager claiming that he did that to avoid “overcooking himself”.

24-year-old Warner will be part of the 416-player pool up for selection at the January 8-9 auction in Bangalore to take part in the fourth edition of the IPL. He sees it as another chance to showcase his skills.

“The Twenty20 game, I’ve slightly been pigeonholed in some respects, but that’s the game I’m playing at the moment and I’m playing one-day cricket for NSW,” Warner said.

“They’re the games I’m playing at the moment and then obviously look forward to getting a start in the four-day stuff, but in the meantime it’s Twenty20 cricket and it’s one-day cricket. That’s all I can keep working towards and scoring runs,” he quoted.

Warner also welcomed plans to revamp the domestic Twenty20 competition to a franchise model similar to the IPL next summer.

“It’s a good concept. The more teams and crowds, it’s exciting for everyone to come along and watch. You introduce that to more people and try to get more people from overseas to come and play, it’ll be exciting. We’re really looking forward to it, and hopefully it runs well.”


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