Warner hopes to return for Aussie one-day series in South Africa

February 10th, 2009 - 9:10 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Feb 10 (IANS) After being dropped from the national one-day squad, Australian sensation David Warner is hoping to return for the five-match ODI series in South Africa.

Warner, who will play for Delhi Daredevils in the IPL, is the only Australian since 1877 to make his international debut before playing a first-class match. The 23-year-old opener hoped to make his first-class debut in the Sheffield Shield for New South Wales (NSW). And he could get his maiden chance later this month against Queensland.

“It’s a massive goal for me to play Sheffield Shield this season,” Warner was quoted as saying by the Herald Sun.

“Obviously, if I get picked in the Twenty20 (against New Zealand) on Sunday, I won’t be available (for the Blues in the Shield match against the Vics at the MCG starting the same day). But the definite goal is to play Shield. If I don’t play this one on Sunday, hopefully I’ll play the game in Brisbane at the end of the month,” he said.

“At the start of the season I wanted to cement a spot in the one-day side for NSW and eventually play Shield. I’ve since made my international debut. It’s been an amazing opportunity I’ll never forget. My goals are to keep heading towards that (international one-day cricket) but hopefully play a Test match. I have to keep scoring runs to do that…and I now know what the consequences are if you stop scoring runs,” he said.

NSW coach Matthew Mott said Warner was not down despite being dropped from the national squad, and had the game to succeed in first-class cricket. Mott said his Shield squad was full with class players, but hinted Warner could make his debut against Queensland.

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