Warner fit for pink ball Shield match

Australia

Australia opening batsman David Warner's chances of playing in the Test series against New Zealand have been boosted as he's been ruled fit for the opening round of the Sheffield Shield.

Oz coach Darren Lehmann had made it clear that Warner had to play in the Shield match for New South Wales, under lights and with a pink ball, to be considered for the first Test against the Kiwis.

Warner has been out of action for six weeks with a broken thumb, picked up in the ODI series against England. 

Warner wrong on Facebook: "Pumped to get out there next week and play for the Blues. Really looking forward to the pink ball shield round. 

"Hopefully we can get off to a good start for the season and also put on a good game for the people who come out and watch at Adelaide oval."

The third Test of the series against the Black Caps will be played in Adelaide, and will be the first ever day-night Test.

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