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Craig Porter 12th Jan 2009 - 16:25

Proteas must heed the Warner-ing

Australia's newest wonderboy, David Warner, took the game away from South Africa in the first Twenty20 match. The second match in the series takes place in Brisbane early on Tuesday and the South Africans will keep it much closer by keeping him in check.

Australia won the first match by 52 runs thanks, in no small part, to an astonishing debut knock from David Warner. The 22-year-old had never even played a first-class game but he showed no nerves on his way to the second fastest half century in International Twenty20. (The fastest was Yuvraj Singh's against England in the 2007 World Cup).

Six sixes and seven fours went towards his 89 runs off just 43 balls and without his innings the Australian's would have struggled. At 140 for 2 they lost David Hussey and Warner in successive balls in the thirteenth over, finishing on 181 all out.

In a complete mirror-image, the South Africans started terribly. They were 2 for 2 and then 12 for 3 before a brave 78 from 48 balls from JP Duminy surprisingly put them back in with a chance but they finished off the innings losing four wickets in three overs - scoring just ten runs.

The Proteas, and the rest of the cricketing world, will know about Warner this time - not that I'm sure they can do much about him - and if they tidy their own game up they are more than a match for the Aussies. South Africa are a great price at 6/4 to win.

Warner along with fellow opener Shaun Marsh and skipper Ricky Ponting are all leading the Australia Top Batsman betting at an enhanced January Sale price of 9/2. Duminy is 9/2 to score the most for South Africa.

Twenty20 is all about the big shots though. We've got odds on which team will hit more sixes with Australia at 4/6, the tourists 13/8 and en equal number 6/1.

William Hill will also be offering live prices right through the game so be here at 08:30 on Tuesday to join in the action.

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