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'Poor' schedule angers Warner

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Calcutta/Sydney: David Warner labelled the schedule as poor, as Australia will be playing a T20I versus Sri Lanka on the eve of their first of the four Tests in India.

The Test players will be preparing for the first Test in Pune, spending up to two weeks training on spin-friendly wickets at the ICC Academy in Dubai before they head to India for a warm-up game in Mumbai. But while the Test players hone their skills and acclimatise in Dubai, the Australian T20 side will be busy with three T20Is at home against Sri Lanka.

Because of the schedule, Australia's first-choice T20 players - Warner, captain Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Starc - will not be able to play versus Sri Lanka.

"Scheduling is obviously Cricket Australia's area. They play the big role in putting that on. For me, it's about going out there and playing the game and not worrying too much about that.

"In saying that, it is poor scheduling... Very, very poor scheduling. To have your Test team going away to play a (Test) match... 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 the 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 T20 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 that is played," Warner said in an interview.

Already busy with his preparations for the India tour, Warner has resorted to using a heavier bat to counter the conditions in the subcontinent. The left-hander will lower the sweet spot of his bat and have a heavier blade to tackle the lower bounce and sharp turn generated by the Indian spinners led by Ravichandran Ashwin, reported by the Sydney Morning Herald. The daily also reported that the captain Smith will use the same bat he uses in Australia.

Warner's Gray-Nicolls Kaboom bat weighs 1.23 kilograms in Australia, but the one he plans to use in India will weigh around 1.28 kilograms.


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