13 Jan 2024

Warner arrives by helicopter for Big Bash match

6:31 am on 13 January 2024
David Warner.

David Warner. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

David Warner flew by helicopter and landed in the middle of the Sydney Cricket Ground as he dashed from his brother's wedding to play in the Big Bash for the Sydney Thunder on Friday.

The 37-year-old, who retired from test cricket at the same ground last week, flew 45 minutes from the Hunter Valley to face city rivals the Sixers.

Warner scored 37 with two sixes but the Thunder fell to a 19-run defeat.

"I've done my utmost best to get down here," Warner said.

Speaking before the game, he told Australia's Channel 7: "I might look like a bit of a goose if I don't get any runs but it's my contribution to not just the BBL but Australian cricket."

The Sixers were put into bat first in front of the sell-out crowd and Steve Smith, who has replaced Warner as Australia's opening batter, was bowled for a golden duck.

They eventually posted 151 runs, with the Thunder then bowled out for 132.