Warner hopeful over first Test


Australia batsman David Warner is confident he will be fit and ready for the first Test against Sri Lanka starting later this month.

The left-handed opener broke his finger during the one-day international tri-series in the West Indies in June.

Warner has been sidelined since and is yet to bend the finger, leaving his availability uncertain for the Test in Pallekele starting July 26.

However, the 29-year-old is hopeful of being ready - even if it means no match practice in the lead-up.

"I've done it before where I've picked up a bat and I've gone back out there and played to the best of my ability and sometimes it comes off," Warner told a news conference on Friday.

"You always want some time in the nets. For myself, I've said in the past less is more, I prefer to go into a lot of the games fresh.

"I don't usually hit a lot leading into any series or any games.

"I just like to go in there and bat for 20 minutes or so and that's how I go about my game."

Australia are due to play an intra-squad practice match before a first-class encounter ahead of the first Test.

Warner said he would mostly need to prove his fitness in the field to take his spot.

"I'll definitely look to have a hit when I get over there, probably after that intra game and then I'll test it to see if it's going to be all right for that first-class game," he said.

"The biggest thing for myself is the fielding aspect. I field in the slips so I'm going to have to take a handful of catches there to make sure it's nice and warm."