David Warner & Co entertain patients at Sydney Children's Hospital

Australian opener David Warner was accompanied by team mates David Hussey, Peter Forrest and Clint McKay who wandered around the wards keeping some of the young patients amused Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Sydney: Feb 15, 2012

Australian cricketers paid a visit to Sydney Children s Hospital in Sydney ahead of the sixth One-Day International (ODI) in Sydney on Thursday.

Australian opener David Warner wore a clown attire to entertain the sick children at the hospital. He was accompanied by team mates David Hussey, Peter Forrest and Clint McKay who wandered around the wards keeping some of the young patients amused.

Warner and his colleagues had a laugh when one of the young patients was asked about his favourite crickter to which he replied Australian captain Michael Clarke.

“Sorry, but I prefer Clarke,” he was quoted in The Herald Sun.

Warner was delighted to entertain the children at the hospital. He said, “It’s a good opportunity for myself and a few other guys to come here and put some smiles on the kids faces.

“Dressing up in some clown outfits is fantastic.

“I don t have a favourite clown.”

Warner says he is happy to play the role of a deputy under Ricky Ponting in their next ODI against Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

The selectors preferred the experienced Ponting to replace current captain Michael Clarke, who has been ruled out due to a hamstring injury. However, Warner has been the vice-captain and overlooking him for captaincy left many, including former captain Steve Waugh, wondering.

But, the switch-hit expert said he understands why Ponting was the first-choice captain, and had already been informed by John Inverarity, chairman of selectors that he will have to continue as Ponting s deputy.

“Obviously appointing Ricky as captain is due to his experience and that’s an opportunity for me to be under him as well and he’s led the country for many years so I’m looking forward to being his vice,” Warner said.