Swashbuckling Australian opener David Warner admitted that his decision to skip the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) Down Under was a move taken in order to help him with his test batting. Warner felt that playing the T20 over format could have disrupted his test batting.

“I’m not here to sit and tell everyone that that’s what they should do,” Warner said. “Everyone has their own way of preparing for games and they like to play the Big Bash. I would love to play the Big Bash but for me, as I said, it’s about getting my preparation right to deliver out here on Boxing Day.”

Referring to an early episode where playing in the BBL adversely affected his batting, Warner said, “If we look back to the 2013-14 Ashes series, I played a Big Bash game, came out, and in the second over tried to hit one out of the park, which, yeah, sometimes that’s what I generally try and do, but in that mind-frame that I was in, I was in Twenty20 mode, and I felt that that really hindered my preparation, and I didn’t want to have that again, and that’s the reason why I’m not playing Big Bash.”

“I haven’t played Big Bash the last two years, it’s been great for me to actually not play,” Warner said. “For me, it’s about rest and getting my body right.” 

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