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Warner Released From Ashes Squad

David Warner has been released from Australia's Ashes squad
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David Warner has been released from Australia's Ashes squad to join up with the 'A' team which is currently touring South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Cricket Australia have confirmed that Warner remains part of the Ashes squad and could return to England if required.

Joining up with the 'A' team will give him valuable match practice after he was suspended for attacking England's Joe Root in a bar during the ICC Champions Trophy 2013.

"David has trained hard and been very supportive of the team and his team-mates during the past few weeks, but his preparation for the first Test was not ideal," National Selection Panel chairman John Inverarity explained.

"He is in need of match practice and runs in the longer format and the Australia A games in Zimbabwe and South Africa will provide him with the best possible opportunity."

Inverarity also added that Steve Smith will stay on with the Ashes squad, Ashton Agar, who makes his Test debut at Trent Bridge, becomes a full member of the Ashes squad and Aaron Finch will take over captaincy of the A team.

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