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Despite stiff neck, Warner determined to play first Ashes Test

by Sahir Usman Nov 22, 2017 • 16:30 PM

Brisbane, Nov 22 - Determined to play the opening Ashes Test at the Gabba, Australia vice-captain David Warner, nursing a stiff neck, is considering adopting the unorthodox front-on stance of West Indian great Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

Warner, who twinged his neck while taking a high catch on the Gabba outfield on Tuesday, suggested light-heartedly that he could even emulate the Carribean southpaw's stance to make it to the playing XI.

While all-rounder Glenn Maxwell was drafted in to the squad as a cover for Warner on the eve of the match, it looks highly unlikely that the southpaw will miss out on Thursday.

Australia skipper Steven Smith on Wednesday said he had no doubt his vice-captain will be cleared to play.

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