CRICKET: David Warner has slammed Cricket Australia for "very, very poor scheduling” of international matches.
The big-hitting Aussie opener has lamented an overlapping timetable that will force him and some teammates to miss next month's three-match Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka.
The Test team begins the first of four matches in India a day after Australia's short- form side plays the final match against Sri Lanka on February 22 in Australia.
"It is very, very poor scheduling,” Warner told Fox Sports. "To have your Test team going away to play a Test match and one-dayers overseas, it doesn't make any sense to us. I don't like it.”
Cricket Australia wants players to accept the idea of two national sides playing different formats, but Warner is concerned about the effect on Australia's bid to win the 2018 World T20 at home, after the team's fall in the quarter- finals of last year's edition in India.
"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,” Warner said.
"If we are not playing any T20 cricket in Australia, where the next World Cup is meant to be, it becomes quite a tough thing for selectors to work around.
"You want to be putting your best team on the park all the time. 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 you play.
"If me, Smithy (Steve Smith), Starcy (Mitchell Starc), Ussy (Usman Khawaja), 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 Cup is meant to be, it becomes quite a tough thing for selectors to work around.”
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