Sydney: David Warner has admitted he risks suffering long-term damage by carrying a cracked thumb into the first Test against India in Chennai, but the swashbuckling Australian opener said he is ready to play through the pain barrier for his country.
If he gets his way, Warner will play in the series opener, starting Friday after putting his damaged left thumb through a rigorous one-hour workout against local net bowlers at MA Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday, News.com.au reports.
However, the aggressive opener admits there are inherent risks batting against the Indians with an injury that will require him to wear at least one, and possibly two, splints on his left hand.
Warner was initially given a three to four-week rehabilitation period. Ideally, the left-hander should wait another seven days, but the NSW slugger has been around long enough to appreciate the perils of giving a sucker an even break.
Warner said he is very confident of playing, adding he has had four long days of training, and he has been hitting for an hour each session to get a feel of hitting the ball and putting himself under fatigue to see if he will get any pain as he goes on.
The left-handed batsman added he is having a full training session on Wednesday in the field so he will know then 100 per cent if he could catch balls, adding he caught some balls on Thursday at 50 per cent and felt no pain at all.
Warner added in the nets, he felt the last couple of days he can perform at 100 per cent, adding it is not affecting him at all, and it is painful to bat with but he is prepared to put up with the pain to play for his country.
Warne said he reckons he can do my job for the team and that's what he will set out to do, however, her admitted there could be serious consequences for his braveheart act, including range of motion damage to his thumb.