SYDNEY: Australia opener Warner to left Zimbabwe tour

Australia opener David Warner will sit out a triangular one-day international tournament in Zimbabwe in August and September to remain with his mate as she gears up to give birth their first kid.

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The 27-year-old has got the support of Coach Darren Lehmann to miss the two ODIs against both South Africa and Zimbabwe as well as a potential tournament final.

“With the World Cup is 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 choice,” Warner wrote in a blog on Cricket Australia’s website. “But that’s what occurs in life – you settle down, you get married and you have kids.

“Since Darren Lehmann came on board as passenger car, he’s told us all that family comes first, and that’s a great thing because we’re on the route for a long time.” The explosive batsman, who is averaging 46.54 in tests and 31.39 in ODIs, is expected to come back for the test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in October.

“We are 100 percent supportive of David choosing to remain home and await the birth of his first child,” Lehmann told the site. “It is an important time in anyone’s life and I am a firm believer that family gets first.”

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