Warner has considered baseball try-out

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Australia opening batsman David Warner has apparently been considering taking up baseball in America, with his manager Tony Connelly looking into some options for a try-out in the US.

Australia opening batsman David Warner has apparently been considering taking up baseball in America, with his manager Tony Connelly looking into some options for a try-out in the US.

Warner is the leading run-scorer in the current Ashes series, with two tons to his name so far, and had previously build his reputation on big-hitting T20 exploits, prompting interest from baseball scouts.

Connelly told the Sydney Daily Telegraph of the baseball trial option, which has been shelved for now: "Dave and I have spoken about it – it would be interesting to see how he goes.

"A pitch over the plate is a full toss right in his range but once they start throwing curves, it's a bit different.

"We talked about setting up a trial in the States and getting him in a batting cage just to have a look.

"It was more a fun thing to see how he goes. Right now he's in the middle of an Ashes series and that's his total focus."

The Arizona Diamondbacks and the LA Dodger will be in Sydney in March for an exhibition game, and there were thoughts of having Warner involved, but he will be on tour in South Africa and Bangladesh at the time.

Major League game promoter Justin Moore added: "We threw his name around in our internal discussions. I've had people asking me about Dave Warner from bizarre corners of the planet.

"Out of all the cricketers, he's probably the one who could convert because of his eye and his power, plus his fielding is good enough.

"If he was any good at baseball, he could double or triple what he earns from cricket."

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