AUSTRALIA'S vice-captain David Warner is defiant that he will play in the first Ashes Test that starts in Brisbane on Thursday.
Warner hurt his neck in a fielding drill yesterday.
He said he suffered the problem while running back and taking a high catch and immediately went for treatment from team physio David Beakley.
He later returned to bat in the nets.
"My neck is quite stiff," Warner said.
"I took a high ball out there and something just twinged in my neck. I'm getting a bit of physio treatment at the moment and hopefully it's settled down over the next 24 or 48 hours.
"I'll try and have a hit tomorrow at some stage. It's quite sore. I haven't really had a stiff neck like this one.
"I'll get some treatment tonight, and get some heat packs on there and get some fingers into it and hopefully it's better tomorrow."
However, Warner expects to be part of Australia's XI on the first morning in Brisbane, where he will have a new opening partner after the selection of Cameron Bancroft to replace local youngster Matt Renshaw.
"No," Warner said, "I don't think a sore neck is going to keep me out."