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Australia vs. Scotland Cricket 2013: David Warner Squad Omission a Big Mistake

CHESTER-LE-STREET, ENGLAND - AUGUST 31:  Australia batsman David Warner hits out watched by Jos Buttler during the 2nd NatWest series T20 match between England and Australia at Emirates Durham ICG on August 31, 2013 in Chester-le-Street, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Christopher AtkinsContributor ISeptember 3, 2013

Australia take on Scotland in Edinburgh on Tuesday without controversial batsman David Warner, the opener having been dropped due to poor one-day international form.

It is only a few days since Warner hit an impressive 50 against England in a Twenty20 international, but it was not enough for the New South Wales left-hander to persuade the selectors of his merit.

Coach Darren Lehmann explained his exclusion, per Cricket Scotland, saying:

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.

It is perhaps understandable, but can Australia afford to leave out a quick-scoring batsman of Warner's quality?

The decision to omit Warner was undoubtedly made easier by the form of fellow big-hitter Aaron Finch, who scored a magnificent 156 against England in a Twenty20 fixture last week.

It is somewhat of a gamble to rely on Finch repeating his heroics, though, with the Victorian batsman averaging just 15 from his seven ODI innings to date.

Warner may not be everybody's cup of tea, but he has a decent average of 30 and has two one-day international hundreds to his name. He has, at least, proved himself at this level.

His omission is unlikely to be an issue against Scotland—it is a game that Australia would simply expect to win. However, with forthcoming fixtures against England, it is a gamble to omit one of the side's few known performers.

While Australia will argue that it's important to test new players ahead of the World Cup in 2015, it has been a poor summer for the touring side and, with that in mind, a confidence-boosting win would surely be a great positive ahead of the winter.

Warner is one player who has shown that he is capable of taking a game away from an opponent and, even during the Test series earlier this summer, there were brief glimpses of how potent a batsman he can be.

Lehmann and the Australian selectors have taken a big gamble in choosing to leave out a senior player at a time when they are besieged by injuries.

Should they lose to England next week, the decision to omit Warner may be at the centre of much scrutiny. 

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