Warner ODI inclusion "hard to resist": Ponting

Updated: 11 January 2009 15:05 IST

Awestruck by David Warner's performance, Oz captain Ricky Ponting admitted it was hard to resist the temptation of including the youngster to the ODI side.

Melbourne:

Awestruck by David Warner's batting pyrotechnics, Australia captain Ricky Ponting admitted it was hard to resist the temptation of including the fiery youngster to the one day side.

Warner's fairytale debut saw the 22-year-old belting 89 runs from just 43 balls for a Man of the Match performance in Australia's thumping win against South Africa on Sunday. "He'll play again on Tuesday for us up in Brisbane and hopefully do well again," Ponting said.

"If he keeps putting the scores on the board then he's going to be hard to resist, I guess," he added. The 22-year-old Warner became the first Australian in 132 years to represent the country without having played a first-class match.

Warner will figure in the second Twenty20 in Brisbane on Tuesday but has not been named in the Australian squad for the five ODIs starting on Friday.

Ponting also found shades of an Adam Gilchrist in his pomp in the youngster who struck seven fours and six sixes. "It was like you were out there with Gilly when he was in one of those moods," he said.

Warner has been signed by the Delhi Daredevils and would make his Indian Premier League debut this year.

Topics : Cricket Ricky Ponting
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