David Warner Pulls Out of Africa Tour for Family Reasons

Australian opener David Warner, who is playing in the Indian Premier League, said he would not take part in the tri-series with South Africa and Zimbabwe in August due to a draining playing schedule and the upcoming birth of his first child.

Updated: May 16, 2014 15:30 IST
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Sydney: Big-hitting Australian opener David Warner has withdrawn from a tri-series in Zimbabwe citing fatigue and a desire to spend time with his partner before their child is born.

Warner, currently playing in a lucrative Indian Premier League, says he's tired after the Ashes sweep of England, a test tour to South Africa and the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, and he's grateful that Cricket Australia suggested he skip the limited-overs series in August against Zimbabwe and South Africa.

The 27-year-old left-hander says in a blog released by Cricket Australia that he and Candice Falzon have a child due in September, "so it's fantastic to be able to have that time off."

Warner said he'd be available for the series against Pakistan in October.

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