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Warner's Test thumbs-up on finger injury

  • Warner's Test thumbs-up on finger injury

    Australian cricketer David Warner warms up during a practice session at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele on July 24, 2016. Australia plays three Tests against the Sri Lanka, with the first starting in Pallekele on July 26. / AFP / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI (Photo credit should read LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

A refreshed David Warner is fit and raring to go in Kandy as he bids to end a barren run without a Test century overseas.

The opening batsman believes he's recovered sufficiently from a broken finger suffered six weeks ago to play for Australia in the first Test against Sri Lanka starting on Tuesday.

Warner broke his left index finger while fielding during Australia's one-day triangular series win over South Africa in St Kitts.

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He hasn't had any match practice since - missing the tourists' two warm-up games in Colombo - and only testing the strength in his bottom batting hand in the nets.

"It's going well at the moment," Warner said.

"A couple of times I've hit the toe (of the bat) and it's been painful.

"For the game I'll put a guard underneath the glove that has a bit of a silicon feel to it that stops the vibration... so I should be ready to go."

Warner is far from fazed by the disrupted build-up to Australia's first Test since beating New Zealand by seven wickets in Christchurch in February.

The 29-year-old pointed out that he missed eight weeks due to a broken thumb leading into the first Test against New Zealand last November.

And, while he did have one Sheffield Shield match as preparation then, he went on to rack up scores of 163 and 116 against the Black Caps in Brisbane.

"I think I play my best cricket when I'm fresh," said Warner.

"The last six to seven weeks has been fantastic.

"I hit a bit of a form patch and you never want to sit out matches... but I was forced to do that. But I'm ready to go and can't wait."

When Warner walks out to bat at Pallekele International Stadium, he'll be aiming to put an end to a run of 19 Test innings overseas without a ton.

Since making 133 against Pakistan in Dubai in October 2014 - and despite scoring heavily at home - Warner hasn't racked up three figures across three series in the West Indies, England and New Zealand.

Warner is playing a Test in Sri Lanka for the first time and believes his many seasons in the Indian Premier League have him well prepared for the turning wickets, with the spinners often entering the attack in the first hour of day one.

It's a key skill to have over the three-Test series when looking to avoid getting bogged down by the guile of veteran left-arm finger spinner Rangana Herath.

"I've been over there eight, nine years in a row now," said Warner.

"And the experience you gain from training on the wickets there - not necessarily the playing - you can use that to your advantage.

"It's a white ball but still the conditions and the surfaces once they deteriorate, get quite challenging and you've got to try to look to score but also improvise as well."

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