Warner won't tour Zimbabwe

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Batsman David Warner will be unavailable for Australia's ODI tri-series with Zimbabwe and South Africa in August and September.

Batsman David Warner will be unavailable for Australia's ODI tri-series with Zimbabwe and South Africa in August and September.

Warner will, instead, remain at home to be with fiancee Candice Falzon for the birth of their first child.

"Candice and I have our baby coming in September, so it's fantastic to be able to have that time off," Warner wrote on his personal website.

"Since coach Darren Lehmann came on board as coach he's told us all that family comes first, and that's a big thing because we're on the road for a long time.

"So that any time a major personal matter crops up – whether it's a family member being sick, getting married or having a baby – the exemption is there for you."

The hard-hitting left-hander, who is currently playing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, will return for Australia's series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in October.

"With the World Cup coming up next year and the fact that it's an ODI tri-series in Zimbabwe, I would normally immediately put my hand up for selection," he added.

"That's because playing for Australia is what I've always wanted to do since I was a youngster and you never want to miss an opportunity. But that's what happens in life – you settle down, you get married and you have children."

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