Sydney - Explosive Australian opener David
Warner admitted on Tuesday he expects to suffer pain from a broken thumb for
the rest of his career, but insisted it would not affect his batting.
The Test vice-captain sustained the injury
when he got in a tangle trying to play a Steven Finn bouncer against England
during a one-dayer in September.
He has not played since but returns for New
South Wales' day-night Sheffield Shield clash against South Australia starting
Wednesday, ahead of the Test series with New Zealand which gets under way on
"I think I got hit against India in
Brisbane on the same thumb last season as well and the pain is always going to
be there," Warner told reporters.
"It is about me getting through that
pain. You speak to any wicketkeeper in the world -- they are playing with
broken fingers so I am not complaining at all."
The left-hander will wear a splint on his
left thumb while fielding against South Australia but said he expected the
injury to be 100 percent come the first Test next week.
"Everything is very positive at this
stage," he said.
"Unless I cop another one on the thumb
while I am practising or batting out in the middle that is the only thing that
will hinder my selection for the first Test.
"Two weeks ago the doctor said to me
come three or four days before the first Test it should be completely healed.
"You are never worried about getting
hit, the thing about cricket is you always have to go in there with a positive
frame of mind."
If he proves his fitness, Warner will open
against New Zealand with a new partner following the retirement of Chris
Cameron Bancroft, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja,
Ed Cowan and Shaun Marsh are all seen as in the running.