Australian veteran opener David Warner is set to play the third Test against India at Sydney Cricket Ground confirms Australian captain Tim Paine.
“Obviously with David (Warner) playing and potentially more, there are some conversations that need to be had first. Davey’s been awesome, he brings high intensity and fills guys around him with confidence,” Paine told the media on Wednesday morning as quoted saying by IANS.
“If he gets in and gets away, he puts the pressure back on the opposition better than most particularly the opening batsmen. Regardless of who we are playing against, we are a better team by a margin when David Warner is in it by the runs he scores. He protects our middle-order. We have Marnus (Labuschagne), Steve (Smith) coming in when the bowlers are a bit tired then obviously it is a huge advantage for us. David has got a huge role for us and he has played well throughout his career,” he added.
Warner has been left out of the first two Test matches because of a groin injury that he faced in the preceding ODI series played in November.
“He’s a player that you love having on your side. He’s always got plenty to say, really energetic, very professional and I’ve always loved playing,” said Paine.
“He’s a player in this team guys love to have in the side, so he’s made an instant impact with that energy and intensity that he brings,” he added.
The 36-year-old Australian captain has also said that David Warner will bring a lot of energy to the side and give a perfect balance at the opening slot.