Warner to make Sheffield debut after inter-state threat

March 4th, 2009 - 2:18 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, March 4 (IANS) David Warner, batting sensation in the short forms of cricket, will make his Sheffield Shield debut for New South Wales (NSW) Thursday as an injury replacement for Phil Jaques.
Test opener Jaques was forced out of the final round clash with Western Australia because of a sore back.

Cricket NSW said Warner would bat in the middle order and Ed Cowan would move into the opener’s position.

Warner is only the third player to play for Australia before playing a first-class game when he made a sensational international debut against South Africa in their Twenty20 game.

He was subsequently included in the Australian one-day team for the ODI series against South Africa but dropped after failing to make the same impact in the early matches.

His selection for NSW in a Sheffield Shield match comes amid speculation he could be lost to the state because he’d been unable to secure a spot in the four-day team, reports The Australian.

The authorities saw Warner’s inter-state switch as the biggest defection since Adam Gilchrist moved to Western Australia, but refused to give in to his threat.

Warner’s manager Peter Lovitt had in the past hinted that the youngster would look elsewhere if he couldn’t get into the NSW Shield side.

Chairman of selectors Brian Taber refused to be swayed by threats Warner may look interstate.

“We talked about that,” Taber, a former Australia wicketkeeper, said. “We shouldn’t be picking a young bloke simply to keep him here.”

Gilchrist moved to Perth for the 1994-95 season after being unable to establish himself as a batsman in NSW while Phil Emery remained the incumbent wicketkeeper.

It was a decision that led Gilchrist to become the greatest batsman/wicketkeeper so far at Test and one-day level. After nine Shield matches with NSW, when he averaged 20, Gilchrist played 54 Shield matches for Western Australia, averaging 41 with eight centuries.

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