Warner in demand for Twenty20 Big Bash

David Warner is likely to be picked by Sydney Thunder for Twenty20 Big Bash Getty Images

Melbourne: Jun 26, 2011

Hard-hitting Australian opener David Warner may have been cold shouldered by Cricket Australia who have denied him a central contract but he seems to be in demand as far as upcoming Big Bash Twenty20 is concerned.

There are speculations that Sydney Thunder may become his new team as he has developed a strong T20 fan base with his power hitting for NSW at the ANZ Stadium.

As per Big Bash rules, Warner, 24, could play for any side in the six-week tournament, which starts in mid-December.

“I’m going to play it by ear,” Warner was quoted as saying by the Daily Telegraph. “I’ll get a feel of where other players are going.”

With a salary cap of USD 1 million for 18 player-teams, Warner may not earn a staggering USD 700,000 he was paid for representing Delhi Daredevils but nevetheless a six figure sum is assured.

Warner caught public imagination smashing 89 in just 43 balls, with seven fours and six sixes against South Africa two summers ago.

“It’s just the way I play. From there obviously, it set my career up,” he said. “It gives you an opportunity to expose yourself in the same way this Big Bash competition will do to the younger guys coming through.”

Despite being dubbed as a Twenty20 specialist, Warner wants to don a Baggy Green in near future.

“One of my main goals is to get a baggy green cap,” Warner said.