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Sehwag inspires Warner to give Test cricket a shot

April 25, 2010 16:15 IST

David WarnerSwashbuckling Indian opener Virender Sehwag has inspired Australian big-hitter David Warner, who is considered a Twenty20 specialist, to think of a Test future.

Both Warner and Sehwag play for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League and have struck up a friendship.

"He said you have to play as much cricket for your country. He said you'll be playing Test cricket in the next two years and you'll be taking over my record of most runs in a day. He has scored something like 284 runs in a day and said he wanted me to get 300," Warner was quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph.

"It put a smile on my face and it's a challenge for myself. I want to play Test cricket," he said.

Warner said Sehwag told him to target Test batting records. "Sehwag said in Tests you can play all your shots and if an opposition is 0-100 off 15 overs in a Test, you'll have them run off their feet," Warner said.

"I said it's a good philosophy to have and if I can open the batting in first-class cricket for NSW, I'll play my attacking role but also knuckle down when the time comes. If I can play a quarter of the Tests Punter (Ricky Ponting) has played I'll be happy," he added.

With the IPL now over, Australians now head to the West Indies for the Twenty20 World Championship and Warner said the ODI world champions stand a good chance of grabbing the top honours in the Caribbean.

"I reckon we have got the team to go through and win it. We've got four quicks who bowl over 150km/h plus and we'll be playing on wickets that don't bounce during the day," he said.

"Spin is also a key in Twenty20 cricket, and we have two of them (Nathan Hauritz and Steven Smith), (David) Hussey can bowl part-time, and obviously Michael Clarke as well," he added.

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