Australian opener David Warner has pulled out of the upcoming five-match T20I series against India. All-rounder Aaron Hardie will replace him in the squad. The series is set to kick off on Thursday, November 23 at the Dr Y. S Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam.
David Warner was the leading run-scorer for Australia during their successful ICC ODI World Cup 2023 campaign. He scored 535 at an average of 48.63, including two centuries and as many fifties. He has been given rest following the World Cup and will return home. Warner will miss the upcoming T20I series, announced Cricket Australia on Tuesday.
“Selectors decided Warner would return home on the back of a successful yet demanding World Cup campaign,” Cricket Australia said in a statement.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 21, 2023
Aaron Hardie has joined the team as David Warner’s replacement for the T20I series. He made his ODI and T20I debut in September this year against South Africa. The 24-year-old all-rounder has scored 758 T20 runs at an average of 26.13, with four fifties. He has also taken 21 wickets in the format.
Australia’s T20I Tour of India 2023
Team India and Australia played a three-match ODI series before the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. The T20I phase of the tour begins on Thursday, November 23 in Vishakhapatnam. Thiruvananthapuram and Guwahati will host the second and third T20I respectively, and Raipur and Bengaluru will host the final two.
First T20: November 23, Vishakhapatnam
Second T20: November 26, Thiruvananthapuram
Third T20: November 28, Guwahati
Fourth T20: December 1, Raipur
Fifth T20: December 3, Bengaluru
Australia T20 squad: Matthew Wade (c), Aaron Hardie, Jason Behrendorff, Sean Abbott, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Tanveer Sangha, Matt Short, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa
India T20 squad: Suryakumar Yadav (c), Ruturaj Gaikwad (vc), Ishan Kishan, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tilak Varma, Rinku Singh, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Shivam Dubey, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, Mukesh Kumar, Shreyas Iyer (last two matches only)