`Troubled` Warner`s Ashes hopes falter following `failed` performance in Zimbabwe

Johannesburg: Troubled Australian batsman David Warner may have dashed his hopes of playing in the ongoing Ashes series in England after he failed in both innings of Australia A`s tour match against a Zimbabwe Select XI in Harare.

Warner was out for 11 on Friday as he battled for 36 balls to find his rhythm against a modest home attack, after managing just six in his side`s first innings.

A report said that even though Warner is still officially a part of Australia`s Ashes squad, he has been sent to the A team to improve his performance in the middle order after a troublesome period off the pitch.

According to the report, Warner was fined by Cricket Australia for an expletive-laden Twitter attack on two Australian journalists in May, and just a month later was sent home from the ICC Champions Trophy and suspended from playing for his country until the Ashes series in England following an altercation with English batsman Joe Root.

Australia A finish their match against the Zimbabwe Select XI on Saturday before heading to Pretoria to play the first of two unofficial test matches against South Africa A, starting on Wednesday, the report added.


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