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Warner's big gripe with Cricket Australia

Sporting News logo Sporting News 9/01/2017
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David Warner has slammed the scheduling of different international formats by Cricket Australia, labelling the crammed fixture as “very, very poor”.

Speaking just days after his man of the match performance in the Sydney Test against Pakistan, Warner outlined his disappointment with Cricket Australia’s decision to host three international Twenty20s against Sri Lanka, just days before Australia’s tour of India.

The close scheduling means Test players who would usually play in the T20 outfit will be unable to get a good hit out in the game's shortest format, ahead of 2018’s T20 World Cup, according to Warner.

“Scheduling is obviously Cricket Australia’s area,” Warner told Fox Sports at the MILO Champ Squad launch in Sydney.

“They play a big role in putting that on. For me, it’s about going out there and playing the game and not worrying too much about (the scheduling). In saying that, it is very, very poor scheduling. To have your Test team going away to play a Test match and one-dayers overseas, it doesn’t make any sense to us. I don’t like it.

“Those of us who are part of the T20 team have a bigger goal and bigger picture, and that is to win a World Cup. You want to be putting your best team on the park all the time.

“At the end of the day, you’ve got Big Bash and IPL. If me, Smithy, Starcy, Ussy, Shaun Marsh — all these guys that are in the Australian T20 team from the previous World Cup — if we are not playing any T20 cricket in Australia where the next World Cup is meant to be, it becomes quite a tough thing for selectors to work around.

“We have one-day stuff where you can put your foot down and prove some things, but for me it’s about playing my best in any of the three formats…”

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