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Warner takes lead in squashing Redbacks


David Warner hit a commanding 87 in his return to cricket from injury at Adelaide Oval last night to guide the NSW Blues to a comfortable six-wicket win over the Redbacks.

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Only SA wicketkeeper Alex Carey stood out for South Australia, making a classy 99 as the Redbacks batted first and limped to a moderate total of 205.

Captain Travis Head (29) and Callum Ferguson (14) were the only other batsmen in SA’s top seven to get out of single figures.

Warner opened the innings for NSW and scored at better than a run-a-ball to help steer NSW to 4-208 in just 29.1 overs.

The result gave Warner’s international teammate and possible future Australia captain Pat Cummins two wins from as many matches as NSW skipper.

The powerful left-hander blasted 13 fours and a six in his 74-ball knock but was eventually out when he skied a mistimed shot attempting to slog Spencer Johnson (1-52) over mid-wicket.

Twenty-year-old Oliver Davies followed-up last month’s half-century on debut with an unbeaten 40 off 30 balls for NSW, including six boundaries.

Wes Agar (2-54) was SA’s only multiple wicket-taker and was also the most economical of their five bowlers despite coughing up 6.61 runs an over.

The two teams meet again in a Sheffield Shield match starting on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Australia will take on New Zealand in game four of its five-match T20 series in Wellington from 4.30pm today.

Trailing 2-1, Australia must win to keep the series alive ahead of the final match on Sunday.


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