Warner dropped for ODI series

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Batsman David Warner and seamer Mitchell Starc have been excluded from Australia's squad for this month's five-fixture ODI series against England.

Batsman David Warner and seamer Mitchell Starc have been excluded from Australia's squad for this month's five-fixture ODI series against England.

Warner, who recently concluded a ban after trying to punch Englishman Joe Root during the Champions Trophy, has managed just one half-century in his last 11 ODIs.

"David has been left out of the Australian ODI squad for this tour purely due to his recent lack of form in this format," said coach Darren Lehmann. By his own admission, David would acknowledge that unfortunately he hasn't scored the weight of runs that he would like recently in one-day cricket for his country.

"Like all selection matters, it was a tough decision, but like all players he understands the situation and knows he needs to get back to playing Ryobi Cup and making a heap of runs that we can't ignore. I spoke with David at length about what he needs to do and I've been impressed with his attitude since I've come into the Australian set-up.

Starc, meanwhile, has succumbed to a saw back – joining fellow injured fast bowlers Ryan Harris and James Pattinson on the sidelines. The uncapped Nathan Coulter-Nile and Fawad Ahmed, who featured in the weekend's T20I series, meanwhile, have been retained.

"Mitch reported some lower back pain in recent days so we have decided it's best for him to return to Australia for further assessment and investigation," added team doctor Peter Brukner.

The first ODI will get underway at Headingley in Leeds on Friday. Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and Southampton will host fixtures two, three, four and five respectively.

<b>Squad</b>: Michael Clarke (captain), George Bailey, Fawad Ahmed, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Phil Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Adam Voges, Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper), Shane Watson.

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