The Investec Ashes 2013 July 10, 2013

Warner sent to South Africa


David Warner has paid a further price for his wayward behaviour earlier on the tour of England by being pulled out of the Ashes tour. He will instead go to South Africa with Australia A in order to gain match practice, the national selector John Inverarity has said.

Having decided not to play Warner in the first Test against England at Trent Bridge, the selectors have now added him to the A squad, though Inverarity suggested the left-hander may still return to England later in the series. But the decision flows on from Warner's suspension for punching the England opener Joe Root, something described as "a despicable thing" by the Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland.

"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's coach Darren Lehmann described Warner'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," he 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."

The inclusion of Steve Smith and Ashton Agar in the team for Trent Bridge has also caused other changes to the Australia A squad. Aaron Finch has been promoted to captain the team, and Alex Doolan will be his deputy. Doolan, who has been playing in England, underwent fitness training at Trent Bridge on match eve by way of South Africa preparation.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Android on July 16, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    Didnt Katich just score a double Hundred??? If form is anything to go by, Why not have him in the team? after all he as Better record than Rogers, Watson Rogers and Katich should be top 3 Clarke at 4, sorry Cowan has no place in any Test Side, given your wicket to Root?

  • Shegufta on July 12, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    Thank you CA! now please get Khawaja into the team!

  • Dummy4 on July 12, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    First Symonds then Katich and now Warner! CA is kicking out all hard hitting and players with good prospect for future just to fit in players of their choices. I understand players should maintain an off field discipline as well but aren't they normal human being off the field? Katich has mentioned this many a times, and yes he was handled badly. Warner's issue was done, the coach Lehman gave him clean chit for his hard work in nets. But only to fit in Hughes, Cowan and for what reason Rogers?? Now Watson will be out for injury, again! and Warner was best pick as his replacement, but he is sent off. I hope he doesn't give up and retires. I am sure he will be back after this disappointment. And lets hope CA won't do what they have done to players like Haurtiz and McGill and other spinners as well.

  • Tejas on July 11, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    off-field unfavourable behaviour from Australian cricketers isn't something new! Is it? So why are Australian officials acting to behave strict? Rather they should let Warner play in the Ashes which anyhow has England as the favourites.

  • Ashfaq on July 11, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    this Action of CA screams "HOMEWORK" :p

  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    Huge blow to Warner. The reputation he had made before the bar incident has all gone undone. He was sent to India without any major match practice but still managed to be in the playing 11 and now his is not even in the 15 member squad. He really needs to analyse about his Cricketing career right now. If not, he will soon be a history in Australian Cricket...

  • Peter on July 11, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    What is this? He should have been booted right back to Australia. What he did was a disgrace. he should have been stood down for a season at least. Make an example. I got no time for him ossorry.

  • Humayoon on July 11, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    Hmmm... Interesting. Now isn't this the complete opposite of what Clarke said of Warner just a couple days back ("he's not the kind of player who needs to play to gain his confidence")? Clarke HAS to get over his fixation with Warner and Hughes if Australia are to pick the right team for the right conditions. I'm glad he is no longer a part of the selection committee and even happier that we now have a coach who is stamping his authority.

  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2013, 1:36 GMT

    Why he wasn't simply left out of the Champions Trophy and put on the A tour of Britain is beyond me. Talk about backing yourself into a corner, very badly handled by Cricket Australia.

  • Dummy4 on July 10, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    Why do people keep raising Simon Katich's name? He retired from first class cricket in Australia 18 months ago. ...

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