Darren Lehmann stresses on form over reputation after David Warner axing

Darren Lehmann (above) confirmed that David Warner was dropped due to lack of form and not due to his off-field behaviour in the recent past © Getty Images

Sep 2, 2013

The Australian coach Darren Lehmann has said that David Warner’s axing from the One-Day International (ODI) side proves that reputation does not count while selections take place.

Warner was left out of Australia’s 15-member squad for a one-off ODI against Scotland and the five-match series against England.

“Guys who are consistent are going to play for the team and Dave’s [Warne] just had some poor form and not high scores,” Lehmann said, according to an AAP report published on the Sydney Morning Herald.

“In terms of his work ethic and the way he wants to play for the team, it’s exceptional. We just want more runs on the board. At the end of the day, he hasn’t made enough runs in this format of the game.

“He knows that but we expect more runs from a player of his skill level and how many chances do you get I suppose?

“Obviously he’s had a few and now it’s a case of him going back to (domestic one-day cricket) and getting a few runs in that and getting back into the one-day team.”

Warner was dropped despite top scoring for Australia with 53 in a 27-run Twenty20 loss to England at Chester-le-Street on Saturday.

The 26-year-old scored nine against England in his only ODI appearance in June’s Champions Trophy, before being suspended from the rest of the tournament following his altercation with England batsman Joe Root in a bar.