Warner: Big Bash hindered my preparation


David Warner's two-year Big Bash League exodus looks set to continue, after the Australian batsman said he did not believe it made for good Test match preparation.

Australia kicks off the second Test of the series against West Indies on Boxing Day, with the hosts taking out the first Test in Hobart by an innings and 212 runs.

Warner, who is on fire for the Australian Test team having scored two centuries and a remarkable double century in the Test series against New Zealand before notching 64 in the first Test against the Windies, has not played Big Bash League cricket since 2013 when he turned out for the Sydney Sixers.

When asked if he had any advice for young batsmen making the transition from Big Bash League to Test cricket for Australia, Warner said the important thing was getting into a Test frame of mind.

"I haven't played Big Bash for the last two years, so it's been great for me not to play because for me it is about rest and getting my body right," Warner said.

"I think if we look back to the Ashes series that I did play during that [2012-2013] season I played Big Bash, I came out in the second over and tried to smash one out the park.

"Sometimes I genuinely try and do that, but in that mind frame I was in, I was in Twenty20 mode and I feel that hindered my preparation."

"I did not want to have that again and that is generally the reason I'm not playing Big Bash, but I'm not here to sit and tell everyone that that is what they should do.

"Everyone has their own way of preparing for games and the like to play the Big Bash. I would love to play the Big Bash, but for me it's about getting prepared to the play the Boxing Day test."

Big Bash League has provided an opportunity for players to prove their worth to the Australian selectors and Scott Boland is one player who could make his international debut on Boxing Day, having been called up as an injury replacement for Nathan Coulter-Nile.

"It's a fantastic reward for him as he's been bowling well," Warner said.

"He's playing the Big Bash which is great for him and it gives him a sniff to keep working harder."

Warner is familiar with Boland having played Sheffield Shield cricket against the Victorian.

"I've played one first-class game against him, maybe a couple of one-dayers. I think he's a great bowler," Warner said.

"I think he's one of those bowlers [Australian captain] Steve [Smith] can use as our pace bowler that can get up in the rib cage which I've seen him to in Shield cricket, which is exciting.

"It's exciting for me to because I get to face him in the nets today and see what he's about and how he's worked on his game since I last played him."