BASH AND BLING: Australian batsman David Warner propels a ‘rocket’ at the Gabba in a Twenty20 match against South Africa in January
BASH AND BLING: Australian batsman David Warner propels a ‘rocket’ at the Gabba in a Twenty20 match against South Africa in January AAP

Warner ready to take on Vic

BASH and crash specialist David Warner will defy a dodgy tooth and a terrifying plane ride to take his spot in the NSW team to play Victoria in a Lismore Festival of Cricket Twenty20 feature match this evening.

Warner, who will be part of a full-strength Blues outfit at Oakes Oval including Simon Katich and Phillip Hughes, is keen to finally spend some time in the middle after arriving in Lismore on Wednesday.

Unfortunately, the 22-year-old decided to head north from Sydney the same day as the massive dust storm hit New South Wales.

“Yeah, I thought we were going to go down there for a minute,” Warner chuckled.

“That would just about have summed up my week.

“There is a bit of a story there, actually.

“There was a bit of dust in Sydney so it was decided for us to take off a bit later and we just managed to swoop on up here.

“We had to bypass Ballina because we tried to land and I didn’t think we were going to get that thing on the ground, it was too small.

“We did get down into Ballina and then 10 minutes later the dust came over.“It was very good flying by the pilot.”

Most professional sports-men struggle with injuries at some stage – normally a torn hamstring or strained shoulder – but Warner has been battling an infected tooth and needs to have a root canal when he returns from India.

“I have been fortunate enough not to have any serious injuries to keep me out of the game,” he said.

“The tooth is a bit different but that will fix itself and I’ll be ready for the Champions League (in India next month).

“I should have had a root canal done in the past two or three months in England but I haven’t had the time to get it done plus my dentist back here knows what’s going on.

“So I went to see him the other day because I had some inflammation in the roots and the dentist was having a field day, popping a pimple, squeezing the puss out.

“It was excruciating but now I’m ready to go.

“It’s all fixed now. I’m on anti-biotics and when I get home I’ll get it all done. Hopefully nothing happens in India.”

Warner has just returned from playing with English county club Durham, where he played with England representatives Steve Harmison, Graham Onions and Liam Plunkett.

The nuggetty opener has also played for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League but he has been allowed to play for NSW in the Champions League despite the Daredevils’ involvement.

“At the beginning I was going to have to play for them but obviously there is a lot of money at stake to get us, I think it was like 250 (thousand) per player, so they took the option of taking Dirky (Nannes, Victorian bowler) and (Virendar) Sewhag came up for them so they didn’t need me,” he said.

“I’m fortunate enough to play for NSW so I get to play for the team I’ve grown up with and where I made my mark, which is the team I’ve always wanted to play for.”

Warner is licking his lips at the prospect of playing on the Oakes Oval wicket that has produced a feast of runs so far.

“The boys are saying it’s pretty flat but there is a bit of pace in the deck so that’s good for Twenty20, especially because you can go out there and mix and match and bash them around,” he said.

The NSW v Victoria Twenty20 match will start at 5.30pm today.Tomorrow NSW plays Tasmania at 10.30am and Victoria at 3.30pm in a Twenty20 double-header.


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