David Warner will captain the Sydney Thunder in the inaugural Twenty20 Big Bash League starting in December.
Warner, who arrived at Wednesday’s glamorous BBL launch on the back of a Harley Davidson motorcycle, was unveiled along with the other seven captains from the rival franchises.
While most of the sides opted for leaders with captaincy experience, the Thunder gave the job to Warner.
“I’ve played 105 Twenty20 games now and I reckon I’ve got the experience,” Warner said.
“I’ve learned a lot from the previous captains I’ve played with and hopefully I can bring something to the table.”
Asked if his captaincy style will match his aggression at the crease, Warner kept his cards close.
“We’ll have to wait and see, obviously (a lot of captains) have got a few tricks up there sleeve and I might have a few as well,” he said.
“I’ve actually been watching a bit of Warney when we play Rajasthan (Royals in the Indian Premier League).”
“He obviously analyses the players in depth and he has plans for each different player.”
“The way he goes about his captaincy, I’d like to lead like that and obviously with Pup (Michael Clarke) as well, he’s quick thinking and spontaneous and you can take that into account as well.”
While Warner lives in the heart of Sixers territory in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, he says he opted for the shorter boundaries and bigger crowds at the Thunder’s home ground at ANZ Stadium.
David Warner will be one of their major attractions alongside his fellow opener Chris Gayle.
“It’s going to be amazing,” Warner said of the chance to partner Gayle at the top of the order.
“Obviously I’ve opened the batting with guys like (Virender) Sehwag before and to have Gayle at the other end who’s six-foot tall and I’ll have to keep looking up at him, hopefully I can keep giving him the strike and he can keep hitting them over the fence.”
Asked whether he or Gayle possesses more power, the ultra-competitive Warner quipped: “He probably hits more (sixes) but I can hit it further.”
Brad Haddin will lead the Sixers, James Hopes the Heat, Tim Paine the Hobart Hurricanes, Michael Klinger the Adelaide Strikers and Marcus North the Perth Scorchers.
In Melbourne, the MCG-based Stars will be captained by Victoria’s skipper, Cameron White, while their cross-town rivals, the Renegades, will play out of the Docklands under Andrew McDonald.