Australian veteran batsman David Warner has withdrawn from the upcoming five-match Twenty20 International series against India.
With 535 runs in 11 matches during the just finished ODI World Cup, the southpaw was outstanding for Australia. Notably, many senior cricket players from both teams will miss the T20I series in order to manage their workload, as it is scheduled to start just four days after the massive competition in India.
Warner will return to Australia following a demanding World Cup, according to Cricket Australia. He joins a group of players that includes Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Starc, and captain Pat Cummins.
“Selectors decided Warner would return home on the back of a successful yet demanding World Cup campaign,” a statement read of Cricket Australia.
Warner has been replaced by Aaron Hardie, who has been called up to the team. Although he made his debut for his country earlier in the year in the series against South Africa, the 24-year-old hasn't had enough success. But he's got a great record in the Big Bash League, so it should boost his confidence to perform well.
Australia T20I squad: Matthew Wade (c), Aaron Hardie, Jason Behrendorff, Sean Abbott, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Tanveer Sangha, Matt Short, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa.