Warner’s time for higher honours has come, says NSW coach

Sydney: David Warner’s scoring two consecutive tons in the ongoing Champions League in India has convinced New South Wales coach Anthony Stuart that the left-hander is on course for higher honours.

“Warner has been desperate to prove his skills just through sheer weight of runs,`` a leading daily quoted Stuart, as saying from Bangalore.

``Now he`s in the Aussie one-day squad and is playing four-day cricket opening the batting for NSW, so he`s making great strides. He`s just got to keep scoring runs and his chance will come. Davey finished the year really well in four-day cricket last year. He scored a double hundred in a Futures League game and was opening the batting in the Sheffield Shield side last season,” said Stuart.

``He`s played some amazing innings and is a freakishly talented player, but at this point Hughesy`s [Phillip Hughes] got his opportunity with a hundred in the last Test, Watto`s [Shane Watson] the incumbent Test opener and there`s other good players around the country. When Dave gets his opportunity in four-day cricket with us, he`s just got to take it, so, if and when the higher opportunity comes, he`s the first guy they think of,`` Stuart added.

Warner is mounting a serious challenge to Blues teammate Usman Khawaja for the spare batsman`s berth for the upcoming Test series against South Africa.

His ability to switch from left-handed to right-handed was one of the most eye-catching aspects of his big knocks of the past week. But Stuart, who has known Warner since they were both at Eastern Suburbs about a decade ago, wasn`t surprised.

``When I was playing my last year at Easts, we brought Dave into first grade and even then I remember he was almost as a good a right-hand batsman as left,```` Stuart said. ``That`s something pretty special from a 15 or 16-year-old kid. What he`s done here is no accident.”


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