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Warner to sit out of BBL this season

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July 4, 2014

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David Warner goes over the top, Sydney Sixers v Sydney Thunder, Big Bash League, Sydney, December 21, 2013
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Test opener David Warner has followed his captain Michael Clarke in sitting out of this summer's Big Bash League, declaring himself unavailable for the Sydney Thunder. Clarke announced on Thursday that he would not renew his Thunder contract this year due to Australia's heavy international schedule and the likelihood that he would be unable to play any BBL games anyway.

Warner has also decided to focus exclusively on Australia's Test series against India and the one-day tri-series against England and India that follows, as well as spending more time with his fiancé and their new baby, expected in the next few months. Warner said his decision was only for this year and he was keen to return to the BBL next summer.

"It was obviously a really hard decision because I love playing in the Big Bash," Warner said. "But with a massive summer of international cricket I want to focus on doing the best I can for the Test team and hopefully help us win the World Cup.

"Given there is so much international cricket it was unlikely that I would be available for many BBL matches. By then I'll also have a new young family so the extra day or two at home between international games will be invaluable. I've made this decision just for this season; I'm looking forward to being involved in the Big Bash again next summer."

Unlike Clarke, who has never played an Australian domestic T20 match, Warner has been a drawcard on occasions and in three games across three seasons for the Thunder he has averaged 76 at a strike-rate of 181. The initial BBL contracting window closes next Friday, by which time the teams must have signed at least 10 of their 18 players.

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Posted by fazald on (July 5, 2014, 12:05 GMT)

This is a wise move by Warner and Clarke to opt out of the T20 BBL this summer especially due to the hectic cricket schedule before the all important 50 over Cricket World Cup in mid February 2015 . This is a slap in the face for Cricket Australia who in recent times is more concerned about making a fast buck than seeing to the fitness and welfare of the players. I fear by the time the Cricket World Cup starts most of our cricketers will be jaded and our fast bowlers as usual will be out of action with nigling injuries and as a result we can already kiss goodbye to our prospect of winning the 2015 Cricket World Cup. The cricket schedule starts in early October with two T20's and five ODI against South Africa and a four tests series against India followed by a triangular ODI series against India and England. At the sametime the T20 BBL is due to begin in mid December and end by mid January. I hope other members of the aussie one day side will give BBL the flick this summer.

Posted by   on (July 5, 2014, 5:22 GMT)

@R_U_4_REAL_NICK are u watching the same game the rest of us are watching? Almost every aussie fails in india and he got better as the series went by. Hasnt played in sri lanka nor uae. Has a belief he can succeed against the best And is getting Better! ! Yep righto drop warner so we can find a replacement for 36yr old rogers. Khawaja or hughes in watson out find 1-2 understudies to haddin and think who our next captain will be

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (July 5, 2014, 4:31 GMT)

@ Nick- Are you for real?Warner's a vastly improved bat and been sudden and drastic.He's at present a tough match for M Clarke as worlds best bat.Most feared in world too.Worlds greatest young talent wont take long to set recds. in Ind/Eng too I'd assume.

Posted by   on (July 5, 2014, 4:17 GMT)

@R_U_4_REAL_NICK are u watching the same game the rest of us are watching? Almost every aussie fails in india and he got better as the series went by. Hasnt played in sri lanka nor uae. Has a belief he can succeed against the best And is getting Better! ! Yep righto drop warner so we can find a replacement for 36yr old rogers. Khawaja or hughes in watson out find 1-2 understudies to haddin and think who our next captain will be

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (July 4, 2014, 19:34 GMT)

Will 'Switch-Hit-And-Out-Warner' even be playing any tests this year? Outside of Australia and South Africa, he's simply a walking wicket and is clueless against good swing/seam. Australia need a new opener to partner Rodgers, or it will continue to be one-down before a ball is even bowled.

High time Clarke gave up the shorter formats to focus on tests only, but he's stubborn and Australia don't have another captain good enough for World Cup.

Posted by baghels.a on (July 4, 2014, 10:14 GMT)

I also want to shatter the myth cricketers play for there countries only for glory and not for money , if that was the case we would not be seeing all these contractual disputes between players associations and there respective boards... in any case cricketers from India,England,Australia,Pakistan,SL,WI are all contracted players and some of these are very lucrative if you come from the big 3 countries.if you want to highlight the glory bit then better cite the examples of Lionel Messi and Ronaldo who get annual wages 10 times higher than any highest paid IPL cricketer and whose transfer sums are 50 times higher than highest bid sum in IPL ...now when these footballers turn up for there countries they play for absolutely free !!!

Posted by baghels.a on (July 4, 2014, 9:50 GMT)

@Rajan Nagrajan, Do you realise David Warner earns 5 to 10 times more playing for Australia packed with lucrative CA contracts than what he make for his BBL side, so it is a no brainer really, Which Indian player missed an India tour if you are referring to recent Bangladesh tour some of our star players would have missed it anyways even if there was no IPL,International cricket goes on non stop for 10 months in an year, what's wrong with 45 days of IPL ??

Posted by   on (July 4, 2014, 9:46 GMT)

@Rajan Nagrajan If you follow English county matches, you will be able to see how many overseas players are playing for various counties. There are players who play T20 league all over world. Indian players play only for India and only for IPL. I don't understand what is wrong in playing in IPL, earning money or both. if there is nothing wrong in either of this, what should they sacrifice. BTW international matches played by India do not clash with IPL. Where is sacrifice required?????

Posted by   on (July 4, 2014, 4:46 GMT)

I really admire these Australian Players. They are ready to sacrifice lucrative contracts in favor of playing for their Country. I wish Players from India may do something like this. What I have noticed so far is that they play full cycle of the IPL and skip all other matches which is really very bad. Warnie come back strongly against India. I want to see you score fluently. All the best and happy holidays.

Posted by PrasPunter on (July 4, 2014, 4:23 GMT)

Cyprian, Wonder why this should be criticised. It is not about a few overs !! It's about being able to present himself in the best-possible physical and mental condition for the games that really matter the most. What if he gets injured ahead of some of the important contests !!

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