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Out-of-form Warner axed from Australia ODI squad

Joe Root has seen the last of David Warner for now as the Australian batsman has been left out of the squad for the NatWest Series against England that begins on Friday at Headingley.

"David has been left out of the Australian ODI squad for this tour purely due to his recent lack of form in this format," Darren Lehmann, the Australia coach, said yesterday. "By his own admission, David would acknowledge that unfortunately he hasn't scored the weight of runs that he would like recently in one-day cricket for his country."

Warner, who was part of Australia's Champions Trophy squad earlier in the summer until he punched Root in a Birmingham bar, has made just two half-centuries in his last 12 ODI innings. His 53 off 42 balls in the second T20 against England, which the home side won to level the series on Saturday, did not sway selectors.

Warner was overshadowed in the T20s by Aaron Finch, whose 156 off 63 balls at the Ageas Bowl on Thursday was the stuff of hitting fantasy, but England's bowlers will still be pleased to see the back of him as he is also a dangerous batsman.

Suddenly, the prospective debuts of Jamie Overton, Chris Jordan and Boyd Rankin, opening bowlers all, just got a little easier, and England's experimental squad does not look quite as vulnerable as it did.

England's batsmen, too, will be more optimistic after the return home of Mitchell Starc, said to be suffering from lower back pain.

The five-match NatWest Series will pit an England side with fresh faces against an Australian side with fresh legs. There will be some old hands like Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan, and Jonathan Trott to guide the greenhorns.

There is a big prize at stake. The 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand is just 18 months away and players excelling against Michael Clarke's savvy and motivated side are likely to be looked upon favourably. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Australia squad (v ENGLAND) – MJ Clarke (capt), GJ Bailey, F Ahmed, NM Coulter-Nile, JP Faulkner, AJ Finch, JR Hazlewood, PJ Hughes, MG Johnson, SE Marsh, GJ Maxwell, CJ McKay, AC Voges, MS Wade (wkt), SR Watson.

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