David Warner Given Time Off Before New Zealand…

Australia’s stand-in skipper David Warner has been given a couple of days rest and will join the squad after a short break before the New Zealand leg of Trans-Tasman series begins.

The T20I squad will head to New Zealand on Tuesday with Warner to join them later for Friday’s clash against the Kiwis in Auckland.

“It will just give him a couple of days at home really,” Lehmann was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

“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.” he added.

Warner’s form is a big concern for Australia ahead of the big South Africa tour, the southpaw averaged 14.60 during the five-match ODI series, he has had scores of six, four and two in the first three matches of the triangular T20I series.

“He’d obviously like some more runs but he’s been fantastic in the leadership role with the young guys,” Lehmann said.

“He’s been training hard … there’s no dramas at the moment.

"He can only do so much work … he’s been working so hard that it’s almost like (it would help) to just give him a couple of days away from the game.

”(New assistant coach) Ricky Ponting has been doing some really good work with him, so we’d expect him to come out of that rut pretty quickly.“