Clarke to consult umpires on Warner's stance ahead of Oz-Kiwi 20-20 clash

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Wellington, Feb.25 (ANI): Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke will meet with umpires before Friday's Twenty20 clash with New Zealand to thrash out rules regarding David Warner's batting stance.

Left-hander Warner attempted to face up right-handed during Tuesday's T20 match against West Indies in Sydney, but was told by umpire Rod Tucker it was not acceptable because it would take too long for the fielding captain to change his fields every time the batsman swapped stance.

However, Warner, who reached his half-century from 18 balls on Tuesday, is keen to pursue the switch-hitting concept and Clarke is backing his opening batsman.

"I'll definitely speak to the umpires before the game tomorrow," Clarke said on Thursday at a training session at Wellington's Basin Reserve.

"I think it's very important that all the players and everybody in Twenty20 knows the exact format.

"I spoke to the umpires after the game the other night and there was a concern about the amount of time it was going to take. If he wanted to bat right-handed, Davey couldn't just expect the bowler to run in and bowl. The opposition team had to have the chance to change the field. The umpire had a concern, is he going to do this 10 times a game, 20 times a game?

Friday's game at Wellington's Westpac Stadium will be followed by a second and final T20 international in Christchurch on Sunday. (ANI)

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