Sydney: Explosive Australian opener David Warner admitted yesterday he expects to suffer pain from a broken thumb for the rest of his career, but insisted it would not affect his batting.

David Warner
David Warner

The Test vice-captain sustained the injury when he got in a tangle trying to play a Steven Finn bouncer against England during a one-dayer in September.

He has not played since but returns for New South Wales' day-night Sheffield Shield clash against South Australia starting Wednesday, ahead of the Test series with New Zealand which gets under way on November 5.

"I think I got hit against India in Brisbane on the same thumb last season as well and the pain is always going to be there," Warner told reporters.

"It is about me getting through that pain. You speak to any wicketkeeper in the world — they are playing with broken fingers so I am not complaining at all."