The Investec Ashes 2013 July 10, 2013

Warner sent to South Africa

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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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  • 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?

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

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

  • 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.

  • tejasthakkar 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.

  • AfqD on July 11, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    this Action of CA screams "HOMEWORK" :p

  • 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...

  • Chris_P 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.

  • Haiphong 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. ...

  • 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?

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

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

  • 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.

  • tejasthakkar 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.

  • AfqD on July 11, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    this Action of CA screams "HOMEWORK" :p

  • 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...

  • Chris_P 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.

  • Haiphong 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. ...

  • pomkul on July 10, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    I think that not a good idea. If i have lyon then why i playing agar. And i can't understood why usmaan khowaja is in the squad, i think he is the only one player who r in the squad bt did not gave the chance to play in last 18 month. I think this is a world record.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 10, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    Ponting got into trouble once for having aluminium in his bat; Steve Smith has a bat made entirely out of edges! Can he not got out and invest in a decent bat for tomorrow's play?

    Switch-Hit-And-Out-Warner may not play in the Ashes at all now. I see Usman Khawaja ahead of him now in the pecking order; perhaps Cowan out for next game?

  • PACERONE on July 10, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    Did Warner have a problem with the other players on his team?I never heard of that.If Ed Cowan is is not much worse than Warner then Warner will never get back on the team.Warner is a brilliant fielder and can crush a bowling attack on his day..Cowan cannot.They got rid of Katich who could be depend on.

  • xylo on July 10, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    The easiest way for Warner to make a comeback is to go back to the domestic circuit, and become a spinner.

  • paapam on July 10, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    Warner must be secretly happy to be on his way to Africa after seeing the way the ball's behaving in this last session. Smith is really making batting look very difficult.

  • NallaBaaba on July 10, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    Smith rocks.rogers rocks. Hughes rocks.

  • on July 10, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Good move by australian cricket board.

  • ZCFOutkast on July 10, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    He's a fine player, and I would have loved to see him in the XI at 5, instead of Cowan, with Hughes coming in at first drop rather. Anyway the decision making of CA's new found belief&revamped coaching team may yet turn out to Warner's favour. He did after all catapult himself to Test reckoning following a big Australia A tour to Zimbabwe. The same happened for Compton by the way, albeit on an individual mission. Ironically they both find themselves out of their respective teams. Perhaps another visit visit to that much unfairly maligned land may just do the trick for both.

    Having commented positively on the Aussies' decision-making, particularly with their backing Siddle when almost everyone including myself had him out of the starting team, I must say I'm taken aback by the Agar decision. I hope this one doesn't backfire and the young man develops into something great. That way him&Lyon, both still young, will make good future options.

    Anyway, looking forward to Warner in Zim!

  • paapam on July 10, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    The world is such a small place these days. It's like the 13th player in a Test squad being released for county duty.

  • RandyOZ on July 10, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    Good call by boof, well done

  • on July 10, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    sensible decision by CA. plus australia already has openers in hughes, rogers, watson and cowan. no point considering him for ashes. Better of improving him through these A tours.

  • on July 10, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    Great decision! He needs to win back the respect of his teammates, his coach and the country. Right now everyone thinks he's a major disruption to the touring squad. If he wants his baggy green, he needs to earn it.

  • Ozcricketwriter on July 10, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    I don't think that this is a terrible thing. If not for suspension, Warner would have been a near certainty to make the 1st test. They stated that that was the main reason that they didn't put him in the side. So now they are giving him experience. While it does weaken the test side, Ed Cowan isn't that much worse than Warner so it isn't the worst decision you could imagine. Hopefully Warner gets good match practice under his belt and can maybe even come back for the 4th or 5th test. Also it means that they could potentially pick another batsman - Simon Katich perhaps? - for the Ashes squad.

  • on July 10, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    @shail_sb I don't understand this inherent mentality of praising overseas players and chastising Indian players. I am interested to know on what basis you've concluded he is an improvement over Sehwag as a test player. Sehwag has his flaws but have you forgotten how rubbish Warner was in India?

  • Batmanindallas on July 10, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    Aussie board and selection process looks more and more like Indian board of the old times...

  • on July 10, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    same but with different style, Arthur sent few players back home, and here back to the A squad, what if the Arthur sent the player back home indirectly via the national selector John Inverarity......... will there would have been such chaoas........

  • Shail_sb on July 10, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    He still far better player than the players in the squad. You know warner is improved version of sehwag. So treat him like a special player. Not to punish him so hard.

  • BMDeep on July 10, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    Does CA know wat dey r doing? A coach sacked all of a sudden, now a player was transferred to another assignment at d last moment. If they have such plans for warner,they shouldnt have waited until this moment to inflict this change.Wat warner has done was never commendable.But if they want to send a message that he have to face d consequences, that should have been in a defined way. This confusion all around not only effects the morale of d player but also of d entire team. I don't know if this have something to do with changes in d administration but I haven't seen such kind of things happening with CA in long time.This is certainly not d way to deal with a team which is in a transition state.D rise of warner or d way he rose to fame in Australian ranks was perhaps d most non conventional thing dat ever happened in australian cricket.The kind of talent he is,ppl felt very happy dat CA encouraged such player even wid out much first class exp. I'm afraid I am seeing d end of all of it.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 10, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Isn't he currently on the pitch as 12th man/sub-fielder? Anyway; short-format specialist only. Get him away from tests altogether.

  • Baundele on July 10, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    This Aussie management is hilarious. In that dominating decade Aussie style was attacking cricket, and that made them so successful. Under this management attacking cricketers like Watson and Warner are dumped, while Cowans are carried through matches after matches.

  • David_Boon on July 10, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    While reading this article I saw Warner, in uniform, performing 12th man duties during match! So he hasn't gone anywhere!

  • Barnesy4444 on July 10, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    Good decision all round. Warner is lucky Root isn't pressing charges. Going away with Aus A gives Warner some bats, gives him a chance to clear his mind and gets him away from scrutiny by the English media for a while.

    Here's hoping he makes some big scores and slots back into the test middle order. He could be a real match winner at 5-6.

    One more indiscretion like this and it's the end of his career.

  • on July 10, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    he isn't good for tests...

  • on July 10, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    must be droped from team A aswell

  • jmcilhinney on July 10, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    This seems like a good option to me. I don;t see that this is punishment at all but rather maximising his chances to get back into the Test XI. Having not being picked for the first game, surely he would miss the second as well, so he'd only have the 3-day game against Sussex after game 2 to push for a recall. This move gives him a far better chance so anyone complaining about his being hard done by should think again. he's actually being done a favour and I'm sure that he sees it that way. He could have just been sent home from the get-go, so he's really got the best outcome that he could reasonably expect. They could have picked him for this game but that would have been ludicrous.

  • Mary_786 on July 10, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    This does make Clarke look bad, this is not what he was saying, though i agree with the decision, he needs match practice.

  • on July 10, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    Good one there Mr Clyde.. Glad to know people still do write in intellectual stuff

  • super7spy on July 10, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    so this is what it has come to. I knew teams dread touring South Africa, but this. "...that's right, continue misbehaving and its off to SA with you..." No way

  • Clyde on July 10, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    That Cowan is preferred to Warner just shows a batsman's wicket is more important than his runs.

  • Ms.Cricket on July 10, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    This makes a mockery of Clarke who said this week Warner would be right for the first Test.

  • Ms.Cricket on July 10, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    Assaulting another person let alone an international player of a rival team is inexcusable and criminal. Warner should have been sent home and suspended from international cricket for at least 12 months.

  • on July 10, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Do the Aussie selectors know what they're doing? Flying layers between South Africa and England? Not exactly good for player or team morale.

  • on July 10, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    Dave Warner will just end up having a great game for Australia A and be rushed back into the Aussie team faster then Boonie ran to a meat pie. Its not good that these young players keep playing up and still get to represent Australia. Its not just in cricket either. It is happening in too many sports. What is happening to Australia's athletes?

  • Beertjie on July 10, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    Good thinking. Instead of only one warm-up game before the third test, he'll nget two, If he leaves SA on 28 July with a couple of decent scores, he'll be a serious pick for Old Trafford on 1 August!

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  • Beertjie on July 10, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    Good thinking. Instead of only one warm-up game before the third test, he'll nget two, If he leaves SA on 28 July with a couple of decent scores, he'll be a serious pick for Old Trafford on 1 August!

  • on July 10, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    Dave Warner will just end up having a great game for Australia A and be rushed back into the Aussie team faster then Boonie ran to a meat pie. Its not good that these young players keep playing up and still get to represent Australia. Its not just in cricket either. It is happening in too many sports. What is happening to Australia's athletes?

  • on July 10, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Do the Aussie selectors know what they're doing? Flying layers between South Africa and England? Not exactly good for player or team morale.

  • Ms.Cricket on July 10, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    Assaulting another person let alone an international player of a rival team is inexcusable and criminal. Warner should have been sent home and suspended from international cricket for at least 12 months.

  • Ms.Cricket on July 10, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    This makes a mockery of Clarke who said this week Warner would be right for the first Test.

  • Clyde on July 10, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    That Cowan is preferred to Warner just shows a batsman's wicket is more important than his runs.

  • super7spy on July 10, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    so this is what it has come to. I knew teams dread touring South Africa, but this. "...that's right, continue misbehaving and its off to SA with you..." No way

  • on July 10, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    Good one there Mr Clyde.. Glad to know people still do write in intellectual stuff

  • Mary_786 on July 10, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    This does make Clarke look bad, this is not what he was saying, though i agree with the decision, he needs match practice.

  • jmcilhinney on July 10, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    This seems like a good option to me. I don;t see that this is punishment at all but rather maximising his chances to get back into the Test XI. Having not being picked for the first game, surely he would miss the second as well, so he'd only have the 3-day game against Sussex after game 2 to push for a recall. This move gives him a far better chance so anyone complaining about his being hard done by should think again. he's actually being done a favour and I'm sure that he sees it that way. He could have just been sent home from the get-go, so he's really got the best outcome that he could reasonably expect. They could have picked him for this game but that would have been ludicrous.