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Warner withdraws from The Hundred, cites scheduling conflict with Zimbabwe ODIs
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Warner withdraws from The Hundred, cites scheduling conflict with Zimbabwe ODIs

David Warner has pulled out of the inaugural edition of The Hundred in order to make himself available for Australia's home series against Zimbabwe in August.

Australia will be hosting Zimbabwe for three ODIs this summer. The last meeting between the two sides occurred in 2018 during the T20I tri-nation series involving Pakistan as the third participant.

Warner was picked by the Southampton-based Southern Brave in the draft for the tournament held in October last year. He was included in a star-studded lineup featuring the likes of Andre Russell, Shadab Khan, Jofra Archer and Chris Jordan.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Warner's decision to withdraw from the competition is not related to the escalating situation of the global coronavirus pandemic.

The rising number of COVID-19 cases in the United Kingdom has cast doubts over the feasibility of going ahead with the English domestic season as scheduled. Additionally, the England and Wales Cricket Board has reportedly prioritized the innovative Hundred tournament to make up for the expected financial loss due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Meanwhile, Warner's manager James Erskine has confirmed the belligerent opener is keen on returning to the Sunrisers Hyderabad camp if the 2020 season of the Indian Premier League takes place.

The IPL was earlier postponed until April 15, though the influx of COVID-19 cases in India threatens the fate of the thirteenth edition of the cash-rich league.

"If the IPL is on David Warner's planning on going. If things change dramatically, which can happen in the space of an hour, the answer is you change your mind. It's no different to everybody else," Erskine told The Age.

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