David Warner in action for the Sydney Thunder.
The retiring David Warner will fly into BBL action for the Sydney Thunder at the SCG on Friday. Image by Simon Sturzaker/AAP PHOTOS
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Warner’s high-flying BBL entrance confirmed for the SCG

Murray Wenzel January 11, 2024

The ‘summer of David Warner’ is set to reach new heights when the retiring Test opener arrives by helicopter before landing on the SCG outfield ahead of his Big Bash League return.

There was much retirement fanfare during last week’s Sydney Test, when Warner’s brisk second-innings knock helped the hosts to victory in the last of his 112 red-ball matches for Australia.

But the 37-year-old will be back under the bright lights on Friday at the same ground – where he is set to arrive in a helicopter to face the Sydney Sixers.

He will land on the SCG outfield before the gates open, with Warner set to make a mad dash from his brother’s Hunter-region wedding that afternoon.

Warner will feature in the side’s final three regular-season games before heading to the United Arab Emirates, where he’ll suit up for the Dubai Capitals in the ILT20.

It may not be the last we see of Warner this summer though, with Cricket Australia expecting the opener to fly back from Dubai to feature in next month’s Twenty20 series against West Indies.

Those games in Hobart, Adelaide and Perth between February 9 and 13 will be Warner’s final internationals in Australia.

The 37-year-old last week announced his immediate retirement from one-day cricket, and confirmed June’s T20 World Cup in the Caribbean would be his international swansong.

Steve Smith, Warner’s replacement at the top of the Test batting order to face West Indies, is set for a BBL cameo of his own for the Sixers on Friday.

But Englishman Tom Curran won’t feature, the allrounder’s BBL stint with the Sixers ending prematurely because of a knee injury.

Curran will return home this week to determine the full extent of the damage and will miss the final two regular-season games.

Tom Curran of the Sixers
 A knee injury has brought a premature end to Tom Curran’s BBL stint with the Sydney Sixers. Image by James Ross/AAP PHOTOS 

He was already set to sit out the BBL finals due to his ILT20 obligations with the Desert Vipers, although that campaign is also now in doubt.

The injury caps a forgettable BBL season for the 28-year-old, who was banned for four matches for intimidating fourth umpire Muhammad Qureshi when he ran through the crease and narrowly avoided the official after being told to stop.

Curran, who has played all three formats for England, unsuccessfully appealed against the sanction before issuing a pubic apology to the umpire.