Warner gets break before New Zealand

12 February 2018 05:33:53 EST

David Warner has been given a break ahead of Australia's next tri-series match in New Zealand.

The stand-in T20I captain, who's leading the side before heading to South Africa for the Test series, has not been in the best of form with the bat.

It's always a challenge with the schedule as it is, but David is really keen to play as captain.

Darren Lehmann

Coach Darren Lehmann said he'd decided to give Warner a break to freshen up mentally before they take on the Black Caps at Eden Park on Friday.

The rest of the squad will fly to New Zealand on Tuesday but Warner is to fly home to Sydney instead.

"It will just give him a couple of days at home really," said Lehmann. "It's always a challenge with the schedule as it is, but David is really keen to play as captain.

"So we'll give him a couple of days off and get him to New Zealand the day before the game."

Warner, who's deputising for Steve Smith as captain, has only made 12 runs across the three matches in the triangular T20I series.

His bad run of scores dates back to the five-match ODI series against England, when he only averaged 14.60.

He's the only member of the victorious Ashes side to feature in all three formats of the game this Australian summer.

Lehmann said: "He'd obviously like some more runs but he's been fantastic in the leadership role with the young guys. He's been training hard ... there's no dramas at the moment."

Australia have won all three tri-series games so far - they beat New Zealand by seven wickets (D/L method) at the SCG, overcame England by five wickets in Hobart and saw off England again at the MCG by seven wickets.

Australia are 8/15 to win the tri-series.

Australia are 5/1 to win the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

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