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DIS­GRACED bats­man David Warner’s hopes of play­ing in the third Ashes Test looked slim on Fri­day af­ter he failed in both in­nings of Aus­tralia A’s tour match against a Zimbabwe Se­lect XI in Harare.

Af­ter man­ag­ing just six in the first in­nings, Warner was out for 11 yes­ter­day as he bat­tled for 36 balls to find his rhythm against a mod­est at­tack.

The 26-year-old is still of­fi­cially part of Aus­tralia’s Ashes squad, but has been sent to the A team in the hope he would spend some time in the mid­dle af­ter a tur­bu­lent pe­riod off the pitch.

Warner was fined by Cricket Aus­tralia for an ex­ple­tive-laden Twit­ter at­tack on two jour­nal­ists in May, and just a month later was sent home from the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy and sus­pended un­til the Ashes se­ries af­ter an al­ter­ca­tion with English bats­man Joe Root. – Reuters

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