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Warner and Starc out of NatWest Series

David Warner has been omitted from Australia's original squad for the NatWest Series due to poor recent one-day international form and Mitchell Starc has been left out owing to lower back soreness.

Opening batsman Warner, who has a format average of 29.81, has played in four ODIs this year with his 60 versus Sri Lanka at Sydney in January his sole score above 10. Indeed, he has scored just one half-century in his last 11 ODIs.

Selector and coach Darren Lehmann said: “David has been left out of the Australian ODI squad for this tour purely due to his recent lack of form in this format.

“By his own admission, David would acknowledge that unfortunately he hasn’t scored the weight of runs that he would like recently in one-day cricket for his country.

“Like all selection matters, it was a tough decision, but like all players he understands the situation and knows he needs to get back to playing RYOBI Cup and making a heap of runs that we can’t ignore.

“I spoke with David at length about what he needs to do and I’ve been impressed with his attitude since I’ve come into the Australian set-up.”

Left-arm seamer Starc was in Australia’s squad for this week’s two Twenty20 internationals but featured in neither. Like Warner, he will also miss Tuesday’s ODI with Scotland in Edinburgh.

Australia team doctor Peter Brukner said: “Mitch reported some lower back pain in recent days so we have decided it’s best for him to return to Australia for further assessment and investigation.”

Australia squad: Michael Clarke (captain), George Bailey (vice-captain), Fawad Ahmed, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Phil Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Adam Voges, Matthew Wade, Shane Watson.

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