Australia news May 16, 2014

Warner to miss Zimbabwe tri-series

ESPNcricinfo staff

David Warner will miss Australia's one-day tour of Zimbabwe in August and September as he and fiancée Candice Falzon prepare for the birth of their first child.

Warner is currently in India for the IPL and after a home Ashes series, a tour of South Africa and a World T20 in Bangladesh, he wrote in a column for his website that his "batteries are slowly draining". As a result, Warner will enjoy the extra time at home when the team flies out for the tri-series with Zimbabwe and South Africa, although it will be a busy time as he prepares to become a father.

"Candice and I have our baby coming in September, so it's fantastic to be able to have that time off," Warner wrote. "Since Darren Lehmann came on board as coach he's told us all that family comes first, and that's a big thing because we're on the road for a long time. So that any time a major personal matter crops up - whether it's a family member being sick, getting married or having a baby - the exemption is there for you.

"With the World Cup coming up next year and the fact that it's an ODI tri-series in Zimbabwe, I would normally immediately put my hand up for selection. That's because playing for Australia is what I've always wanted to do since I was a youngster and you never want to miss an opportunity. But that's what happens in life - you settle down, you get married and you have children."

Lehmann said Cricket Australia backed Warner's decision to skip the tour. "We are 100% supportive of David choosing to stay home and await the birth of his first baby," Lehmann said. "It is an important time in anyone's life and I am a firm believer that family comes first."

The tri-series is Australia's first international engagement after a rare winter without touring duties. Their series begins with a match against Zimbabwe in Harare on August 25 and ends in early September. Warner's focus will be to be ready for Australia's series against Pakistan in the UAE in October.

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  • Tim on May 18, 2014, 0:43 GMT

    Fair enough. Tours without are really nothing. And its not as though Warner is unknown quantity heading into the WC.

  • ESPN on May 17, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    I would say Zimbabwe series a good one to miss . We should not play Zimbabwe at all until their best players play

  • freeman on May 17, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    Wasn't expecting him, Clarke, MJ anyway... Hope for the best for our guys

  • $$ milind on May 17, 2014, 2:26 GMT

    Baby coming at a good time, he needs time off and he has to playing the next World Cup and then the Ashes with his batteries fully recharged. So baby will probably make it all easier.

  • Prem on May 17, 2014, 0:21 GMT

    Why does he not skip the IPL instead to rest? Playing for country is obviously not his priority.

  • Alan on May 16, 2014, 20:58 GMT

    @Darren James not a bad idea to give Hughes a run its Zimbabwe after all , rest our talented players lol

  • Nicholas on May 16, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    "Batteries are slowly draining" he says... Before the Ashes in Australia he must have forgotten to insert any.

    Congratulations and best of luck for the baby DW. Magical moment.

  • Dummy4 on May 16, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    Nice little statement that from Davie. As Zimbabwean I feel slightly respected, thanks for that. We are not a perfect country but we are working on it.

  • Shuraim on May 16, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    Fair enough Warner has earned this rest and deserve to spend time with his family as for the replacement i guess Steve Smith or Cam White should be good picks given world cup is just around the corner.

  • rob on May 16, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    Warner probably needs a rest anyway so it's a well timed baby. He's had a big summer young David. 1000+ Test runs at a very good clip would be enough to tire anyone out.

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