Next Stop: South Africa for Mr David Warner

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Warner’s Ashes campaign has suffered yet another setback

First it was a suspension and fine of A$11,500 and now Australia opening batsman David Warner has suffered yet another slap in the face due to his bar brawl antics, which saw him punch England’s Joe Root at the Walkabout bar in Birmingham during the Champions Trophy.

Instead of playing a part in Australia’s Ashes campaign, Warner is being shipped off to South Africa with the rest of the Australia A squad in order to gain some valuable match practice, according to national selector John Inverarity.

Inverarity added that Warner may be recalled to Australia’s Ashes squad as the historic series progresses, but for now he will be on the next flight out to South Africa.

“David has trained hard and been very supportive of the team and his team-mates during the past few weeks, but his preparation for the first Test was not ideal,” Inverarity said. “He is in need of match practice and runs in the longer format and the Australia A games in Zimbabwe and South Africa will provide him with the best possible opportunity.

“David remains a member of the Ashes Squad and will return to the England at an appropriate time once we’re happy he has had adequate preparation in match conditions.”

Australia coach Darren Lehmann, who recently revealed that he would be giving Warner a “clean slate”, described the opening batsman’s situation as a “hard luck story”.

“While he has done everything right with training and preparation, his nets have been spectacular, he’s done everything right around the group since his suspension, we can’t pick him without any form in four-day cricket,” Lehmann said. “That makes it a hard and a disappointing one for him. He took it hard but understood the reasons behind it when Rod Marsh spoke to him.

“We’re confident he’ll come back really well but for now, because he didn’t get the games under his belt, we just feel like it’s the best six [batsmen]. We want an in-form David Warner playing. Now the challenge is for him to keep working hard and get ready for the tour game, to play the right brand of cricket and get back in the Australian team. And the challenge for the top six is to perform well enough to keep him out.”

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