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October 6, 2013
David Warner will claim adequate preparation for Monday's limited-overs match between New South Wales and Victoria as the reason he missed a Sydney grade match on the weekend when he explains his absence to the Blues' chief executive Andrew Jones this week.
Jones may yet sanction Warner for being absent from the second day of a fixture between his new club Randwick Petersham and Northern District, on a day when all available NSW cricketers were expected to play in the grade competition. The pair are scheduled to meet on Tuesday.
Blues coaches and selectors are unhappy that Warner did not take his place in the team after being told directly that he and all other state players needed to turn out on Saturday. Warner was informed of his obligations on Friday following a net session with the coach Trevor Bayliss.
Warner had earlier informed Randwick Petersham that he did not intend to play due to the club not batting on Saturday. Instead he trained privately and had his own net session, following a week of promotional and preparatory commitments with Cricket Australia, including a two-day camp that featured contract meetings with the national selectors. The club is believed to have made plans for a substitute fielder, but fielded with 10 men throughout Saturday.
Other NSW players who experienced similar schedules during the week included Steve Smith and Nathan Lyon, both of whom appeared for their grade clubs on Saturday. Smith will captain the Blues on Monday in the absence of Michael Clarke due to injury and Brad Haddin on international duty in India.
It is the latest episode in a year of misadventures for Warner, who was disciplined in May for engaging in a Twitter joust with Australian journalists, then suspended from the Australian Ashes touring party for punching the England opening batsman Joe Root in a Birmingham bar following the visitors' loss in their opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy.
He took part in the final three Tests of the Ashes series but subsequently lost his place in the ODI squad, and was told at his contract meeting on Wednesday that runs for NSW in the domestic competition would greatly aid his chances of a recall.
Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets hereFeeds: Daniel Brettig
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