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Warner is thumbs up for Test

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Chris Barrett

Thumbs up: David Warner is fixated on playing in Chennai.

Thumbs up: David Warner is fixated on playing in Chennai. Photo: Getty Images

DAVID Warner would have to be struck by a passing rickshaw outside Australia's team hotel to rule himself out of the first Test.

Such is the opener's determination to play against India on Friday, he has declared himself ready to play through the pain of a thumb injury, risking permanent damage.

Warner's thumb has been a concern for three weeks, but he says he will wear a splint to make it through the first of four Tests on this tour. “I have a crack in the joint, which can be worse if it's aggravated and if I put cortisone in there," Warner said.

“They've told me if it keeps moving around it won't heal properly and it can affect me down the track. The precautionary thing we have done is keep it in the splint. It is painful but it is a process I am ready to go through to get through the first Test match."

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