David Warner Makes Grand Helicopter Entrance for Sydney Smash Derby
It was bright sunny day in Sydney and David Warner stole the show at the SCG on Friday, touching down in style atop a private chopper just hours before the Sydney Smash clash against the Sixers.
Warner and his wife Candice descended onto the hallowed ground, watched by a curious crowd of media. A quick wave to a handful of eager fans in the MA Noble Stand, and the Thunder opener whisked himself away to the sheds, ready to unleash his batting fury.
The helicopter’s touchdown spot wasn’t just any patch of grass – it landed right on the “Thanks Dave” message painted in Warner’s honor during the recent New Year’s Test. Hopes for a James Bond-esque tuxedo exit soared but alas, Warner emerged in familiar Sydney Thunder colors.
“He loves a bit of Hollywood, doesn’t he? Classic Davey,” chuckled Sixers seamer Sean Abbott, hinting at the opener’s penchant for the grand gesture.
Warner’s whirlwind arrival came after a quick dash from his brother’s wedding in the Hunter Valley. After tying the knot, he hopped on a chopper 45 minutes later, determined to make it in time for the Big Bash showdown. The potential sellout crowd is in for a treat!
However, this helicopter joyride won’t be a regular occurrence. Warner has just three Big Bash appearances this summer, unless the Thunder miraculously reach the finals (a long shot at this point).
After tonight’s match, he’ll jet off to the UAE for the International League T20 with the Dubai Capitals. Then, a quick detour back home for the West Indies T20 series awaits before returning to the ILT20, but for the group stages only.
It’s the final year of Warner’s Sydney Thunder contract, and while his 99 runs at 19.80 last season weren’t exactly fireworks, tonight’s derby promises a return to form for the explosive opener. So, settle in, grab some popcorn, and brace yourselves for the “Davey Show” at the SCG!