Warner reveals his plans before first Test against Pakistan

Warner withdrew from Australia's squad for the five-match Twenty20 series in India, starting on Thursday in Visakhapatnam

Warner reveals his plans before first Test against Pakistan PHOTO: AFP

Veteran opener David Warner withdrew on Tuesday from Australia's squad for the Twenty20 series in India following his exploits in their victorious ODI World Cup campaign.

Australia defeated the hosts by six wickets in front of nearly 100,000 in Ahmedabad on Sunday to clinch their sixth one-day World Cup crown.

The two countries meet again in a five-match T20 series starting on Thursday in Visakhapatnam, but the 37-year-old Warner will not stay on after all.

Just seven of Australia's World Cup-winning squad will play the T20s, while head coach Andrew McDonald will also skip the series, handing the reins to stand-in Andre Borovec.

Warner wants to spend time with his wife and daughters ahead of the first Test against Pakistan in Perth, starting from December 14.

"Half the guys are staying for the T20s. We are all dispersing at different times. It is a short turnaround before the first Test [against Pakistan]. We have got 20 days to relax and unwind and then get into that first Test at Perth. It is going to be a good couple of weeks to spend time with the family. I am at cricket on Sunday morning with the girls, so I am into dad coaching now," Warner said.

Warner hopes to finish his Test career at his home Sydney Cricket Ground against Pakistan in January but has put his hand up for more international white-ball cricket, with the T20 World Cup coming up next year.

Pakistan tour of Australia schedule:
December 6-9: PM’s XI vs Pakistan (Four-day match) at Manuka Oval, Canberra
December 14-18: First Test at Perth Stadium
December 26-30: Second Test at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
January 3-7:  Third Test at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG)