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AUSTRALIA captain Ricky Ponting admits David Warner's remarkable batting could make cricket's new star "hard to resist" when it comes to forcing his way into the one-day side.

Ponting hailed Warner's remarkable debut knock of 89 from 43 balls in Sunday night's Twenty20 win over South Africa at the MCG, as similar to the ones former opener Adam Gilchrist produced so many times.

Warner, 22, became the first man in 132 years to represent Australia having never played a first-class match, but made an instant name for himself by slugging the second-fastest half-century in Twenty20 internationals, 19 balls.

His score was the backbone of Australia's 9-182 and the South Africans had no answers, all out for 130 in 18 overs.

Warner will play in Tuesday's second Twenty20 in Brisbane, but was not included in Australia's squad for the five one-dayers starting Friday in Melbourne.

But Ponting challenged the NSW batsman to back up his thrilling start, and said if he could do so, it could prompt the selectors to seriously consider including him in the one-day squad.

"He'll play again on Tuesday for us up in Brisbane and hopefully do well again," Ponting said.

"If he keeps putting the scores on the board then he's going to be hard to resist, I guess."

Ponting said Warner's knock – which contained six sixes and seven fours – set the tone for Australia's 52-run win, and was reminiscent of another left-handed opener.

"It was like you were out there with Gilly when he was in one of those moods," he said.

Warner said hearing the roar of the 62,148-strong crowd was "unbelievable".

"I had a bit of stage fright and then everything came off and I was stoked," he said.

South Africa's chase was doomed once Australia claimed three wickets in the first three overs, highlighted by Shaun Tait's removal of AB de Villiers, who was struck on the hip and reeled around in pain and was out hit wicket. Jean-Paul Duminy was the only batsman to fire for South Africa, with 78 from 48 balls, until he was leg before to David Hussey, whose off-spin yielded 3-25.

Tait, Nathan Bracken and Ben Hilfenhaus all took a brace.

The game was one to erase for new South Africa skipper Johan Botha, who was heckled by sections of the crowd each time he bowled.

Botha was reported for a suspect bowling action on the Proteas' last tour, in 2006, and was banned from bowling, but later had his action cleared.

Captaining his country for the fourth time, Botha admitted it took South Africa six overs before they worked out a plan to try to contain Warner.

"It got tough out there," he said.

"The guys got all worked up and were running all over the place.

"We had quite a young team out there, so the guys were a bit like rabbits in the headlights.

Botha was not surprised by the heckling of his bowling.

"I expected it before I came over here and I prepared myself for it, so it wasn't too bad," he said.

The Proteas will assess de Villiers on Monday, but are hopeful he can play on Tuesday night.
 

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It was quite a phenominal performace. To do it against a team like South Africa makes it that much more impressive.
 
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