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David Warner to leave Ashes squad to join Australia A tour of Africa

Australia batsman, still part of Ashes squad, will travel to South Africa and Zimbabwe to get match practice, says selector John Inverarity.

David Warner will continue to be a part of the Ashes squad despite being sent to Africa to get match practice.
David Warner will continue to be a part of the Ashes squad despite being sent to Africa to get match practice.

David Warner will play for the Australia A team in matches against a Zimbabwe XI and South Africa A but "remains a part of the Ashes squad" according to John Inverarity, the Cricket Australia national selector.

Warner will leave the squad later this week and link up with Australia A to get some match practice.

The left-hander was suspended by Cricket Australia, after he punched Joe Root, England's opening batsman, at a pub during last month's ICC Champions Trophy. As a result, he was only eligible to play in the ongoing first Test at Trent Bridge. Lack of practice meant he was overlooked for selection for the game.

"David has trained hard and been very supportive of the team and his teammates 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.

"Steve Smith [the all-rounder] will stay on with the Ashes squad for the full tour in England. As a consequence of this Aaron Finch [also an all-rounder] will take over the captaincy of Australia A while Alex Doolan [the middle-order batsman] has been promoted to vice-captain.

"The NSP also announces that Ashton Agar [the left-arm spinner] has become an official member of the Ashes squad for the series," Inverarity said.

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