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Sangha heeds Warner's words

Banned Australia opener a valuable resource for NSW young gun chasing Shield debut

David Warner's best advice to club teammate Jason Sangha, one of Australia's most promising young batsmen, may well have been a tip that had nothing to do with cricket.

Warner, consigned to a summer of grade cricket during his year-long ban, outlined last month how he wanted to help mentor youngsters at Randwick-Petersham.

Sangha, who captained Australia at this year's under-19 World Cup and is now on the cusp of a Sheffield Shield debut, is one of many teammates to have already picked Warner's brain.

"He's been really good, helping everybody and sharing his knowledge. Also just his presence makes everyone strive to be that little bit better," Sangha told AAP.

Sangha and Warner's conversation in the sheds and slips cordon hasn't just been restricted to constructing an innings.

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"One thing we did speak about a lot last Saturday was life outside cricket," Sangha said.

"Understanding you're only a cricketer for part of the day and having other interests outside the game is extremely important.

"We talked about how I'm obviously at the start of my career, hopefully a long career, and I have to invest time in some other things. Keep myself busy and not just solely rely on cricket."

Pat Cummins, whose tertiary studies helped him maintain perspective during a horror injury run that followed a sparkling Test debut at age 18, is among the high-profile cricketers to have expressed similar sentiments.

The issue is expected to feature in the imminent results of the cultural review, commissioned by CA after the Cape Town scandal.

Sangha, whose eloquence and professionalism defies his age, admits he is always thinking about cricket.

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"That isn't always the greatest thing but my family and friends keep me in check. I've got other interests," the 19-year-old said.

The elegant right-hander, also a handy legspinner, will have scant time to explore them in coming days.

Sangha will line up alongside Warner at North Sydney Oval on Saturday then travel to Adelaide as part of NSW's squad for their Shield opener that starts on Tuesday.

"I've dreamed of getting that baggy blue since I was a little kid," Sangha said.

Sangha worked hard on his red-ball game this year at CA's elite training base in Brisbane under the tutelage of Chris Rogers.

The Novocastrian has long shouldered the burden of being the nation's next big thing.

He scored 133 during an Ashes tour game last year; only Sachin Tendulkar has posted a first-class ton against England at a younger age.

Sangha was part of Australia's under-19 squad at age 16, when he also made history as the youngest player to receive a NSW contract.