Monday 19 August, 2019

David Warner excited to play in 2018 Hero CPL

Warner joins Darren Sammy and Kieron Pollard in the St Lucia Stars team for the 2018 Hero CPL

Warner joins Darren Sammy and Kieron Pollard in the St Lucia Stars team for the 2018 Hero CPL

Australian batsman David Warner is excited to play in the 2018 edition of the Hero Caribbean Premier League.

Warner, who is serving a one-year ban, starts his CPL campaign on August 8 when St Lucia Stars take on Trinbago Knight Riders in the opening fixture of the tournament.

He said that he is excited to play in the CPL, which he called “the world’s biggest party.”

“They always talk about how exciting CPL is for West Indies cricket and getting fans engaged, they absolutely love it. It is literally for the fans there, it’s a big massive party and it is just exciting that they can bring world class players,” said Warner.

He added that he has followed up West Indies cricket while he was growing up and to be part of the league is exciting for him.

“Growing up as a kid, watching their West Indies fast bowling and all these rivalries with different batsmen and players around the world, that’s what you grow up and picture the West Indies as, so to play in the CPL is going to be a massive buzz for me as everyone talks about how good it is,” he said.

The Australian opener is also excited about the composition of the St Lucia Stars team for the 2018 tournament.

“I think that when you look at the batting unit, it looks very strong and obviously the all rounding unit, and bowling unit complements itself. I think the batting unit in the way I look at it is like hammer and tongs, so we can go out there and be almost 80/90 off the first six, but even if we lose a couple wickets we will still be flying at a rapid rate, that’s what I see with our batting order. We surely pack a punch there,” he said.

Warner believes the franchise has a chance to move a lot further forward this year and he is also excited to play alongside the likes of West Indies stars Darren Sammy and Kieron Pollard, who made the move this season from the Barbados Tridents.

“They both play the game hard once they are on the field and that’s one thing that I love doing as well so I think they go suited to each other very well and they have also played a lot of cricket with each other so I’m expecting the same thing when I play with them, to go out there, play the cricket hard and to be ultra-competitive,” said Warner.

The St Lucia Stars will be coached this year by Warner’s countryman Brad Hodge. Warner says he is looking forward to working with him in 2018

“I’ve done a little bit with Hodge, I haven’t been under him, but he is an exceptional person and a quality human being and an exceptional player. Opportunities came through at the wrong time of his career unfortunately but as a coach I have only heard good reports and I’m certainly looking forward to working under him that’s for sure.”

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