Disgraced Australia star David Warner blazes 85 on IPL return

Ross Houston
March 25, 2019

Chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns described the IPL as a "good test" for Warner and Steve Smith to gauge their condition after a year in exile.

Under Warner's captaincy, Sunrisers won their maiden IPL title in 2016 and in 2017 he was the leading run-getter for his team.

Andre Russell played like a man possessed, blasting a quickfire, unbeaten 49 in 19 balls to propel Kolkata Knight Riders to a convincing six-wicket win over the Sunrisers Hyderabad, in an entertaining IPL encounter here at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.

"I was a bit nervous in the dressing room and kept drinking pickle juice", he said.

Warner will be the most scrutinised player for Sunrisers this season after he was banned for a year over his role in the ball-tampering scandal.

It was not all plain sailing however, with Kolkata keeper Dinesh Karthik putting down a leg-side chance when Warner was on 68, while a beamer from New Zealand paceman Lockie Ferguson tested out the Australian's reflexes.

Finch and Khawaja helped Australia complete a venue-record ODI chase of 285 in Sharjah just hours after Warner's eye-catching Twenty20 effort.

David Warner's 12-month ban from global cricket ends on Thursday and he showed yesterday that, two months out from the World Cup and just over four months before the Ashes series in England, he still has plenty to offer to Australia.

The only question, which is becoming increasingly hard to answer, is where he will fit in the batting order when Australia starts its campaign in Bristol on June 1.

Finch has admitted there will be some "really tough calls".

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH): Kane Williamson (c), David Warner, Abhishek Sharma, Jonny Bairstow, Khaleel Ahmed, Ricky Bhui, Basil Thampi, Shreevats Goswami, Martin Guptill, Deepak Hooda, Siddharth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Nabi, Shahbaz Nadeem, T Natarajan, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Wriddhiman Saha, Sandeep Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Shakib Al Hasan and Billy Stanlake. "Good to be back with the orange army and looking forward to good session".

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