Lehmann says Warner axed 'for not making runs'

Sydney, Sept 2 (ANI): Australian coach Darren Lehmann has said that David Warner's axing from the one-day side was straight forward as it shows reputation counts for nothing and runs everything in the national team.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Warner will return home from the tour of the UK after surprisingly being left out of the 15-man squad for Tuesday's one-day international against Scotland and the five-game series against England.

Insisting the decision was form-based and nothing to do with attitude or behaviour, Lehmann said Warner's recent lack of runs in the 50-over format made it a tough but necessary call, the report said.

The coach said that Warner had some poor form and not high scores but in terms of his work ethic, and the way he wanted to play for the team, he was exceptional, adding that at the end of the day, he did not have enough runs in the ODI format of the game.

Warner was dropped despite top scoring for Australia with 53 in a 29-run Twenty20 loss to England at Chester-le-Street on Saturday, the report added.

The 26-year-old scored nine against England in his only ODI appearance in June's Champions Trophy, before being suspended from the rest of the tournament following his altercation with England batsman Joe Root in a bar, the report further said. (ANI)

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