Warner braces himself for emotional Test

"Just walking out there today brought back memories"

“Just walking out there today brought back memories”

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Australia opener David Warner has announced that he is unsure what his state of mind will be like when he returns to the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) for the fourth Test against India.

Warner is still dealing with the emotions of watching his friend and team-mate Phillip Hughes be fatally struck by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield match at the very same venue six weeks ago.

“This Test I honestly can’t tell you (how I will be) until I go out there and sing that national anthem and walk out there,” Warner said. “At the moment, not just for me but for the guys that were here as well, they are putting on a brave face.

“It is going to be emotional, I know for myself it will be, just walking out there today brought back memories.

“I know when I go to face up at that Randwick End I’m going to be looking down at that spot. It’s going to be tough but I’ve got to try and hold back the emotions and do what I do for the team and try and score runs.”

Warner also noted that his thumb injury, which he suffered while batting during the second Test in Brisbane, had healed nicely.

“I’m fine, I’m ready to go, the arm is sore but I just have to play through that pain like I did for the last game,” Warner said.

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