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David Warner returns to New South Wales squad

Steven Smith and David Warner at the nets Getty Images

David Warner will return to action for the first time since the end of the Test series against India having been named in the New South Wales squad for their Marsh Cup match against South Australia in Adelaide.

Warner played the last two Tests while still significantly hampered by the groin injury he sustained in the ODIs at the end of November which ruled him out of the rest of the white-ball matches and first two Tests.

Speaking on commentary of the New Zealand-Australia T20I series last week, Warner said how he expected to feel the effects of the injury for up to nine months but he is hopeful that it can be managed.

Warner comes into the New South Wales squad as a replacement for Daniel Hughes who has a shoulder injury. Steven Smith remains sidelined by the elbow problem which he first felt at the end of the series against India and has since flared up during his return to domestic cricket.

"We all know Davey's quality as a player in all formats and it's great to see him back for the Blues for this game," New South Wales coach Phil Jaques said.

"He has worked really hard on his rehab and has been great around the group when he's been at training. It will be fantastic to have his experience around the team over the coming weeks."

It has yet to be confirmed whether Warner will be part of the Sheffield Shield squad to face South Australia later in the week.

New South Wales squad Pat Cummins (capt), Sean Abbott, Harry Conway, Oliver Davies, Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Liam Hatcher, Matthew Gilkes, Moises Henriques, Nick Larkin, Nathan Lyon, Kurtis Patterson, David Warner