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David Warner smashes 193 for Australia A, serves notice for Ashes

David Warner smashes 193 for Australia A, serves notice for Ashes

David Warner was sent to Africa to play for Australia A and rediscover his form after being away from cricketing action © Getty Images (File Photo)

Johannesburg: Jul 25, 2013

Controversial batsman David Warner sent a timely reminder to the struggling Australian Ashes team with a 193-run innings against South Africa A on Wednesday in Pretoria.

Warner was booted out of the senior team before the five-Test Ashes series against England after punching batsman Joe Root in a Birmingham bar after an ICC Champions Trophy 2013 match in June.

Sent to Africa to rediscover his form with Australia A, the left-hander began on a disappointing note with innings of six and 11 in an 80-run victory over a Zimbabwe Select XI at Harare.

But, it was a very different story at the LC de Villiers Oval in Pretoria as the left-handed Warner let loose against the South African second stringers in a 315-minute spell at the crease.

His venomous 226-ball knock included 29 fours and one six before being bowled by Marchant de Lange, to leave Australia A on 399-5 after 89.4 overs at stumps on day one.

Australia are 2-0 down in the Ashes series after some woeful batting and with the third Test starting at Old Trafford in Manchester next week there could be a few second thoughts about keeping Warner in Africa.

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