Sydney - Australia coach Darren Lehmann has revealed that stand-in
T20I captain David Warner will be given a break ahead of the Aussies' next T20I
against New Zealand on Friday.
The opener is the only player in the current T20 squad that
has played in all thee formats this summer that included an Ashes victory and a
four-one ODI series defeat against England.
Lehmann said Warner will not travel with the squad to
Auckland on Tuesday but only arrive on Thursday so he could spend some time at
home and refresh his mind.
The Australia mentor said: "It will just give him a
couple of days at home really. 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."
Lehmann is also not worried about Warner's lack of runs in
the current T20 tri-series that also includes the Kiwis and England.
After only averaging just more than 14 bat in the ODI series
against England, Warner has made scores of six, four and two in the first three
matches in the T20 series.
Lehmann added: "He'd obviously like some more runs but
he's been fantastic in the leadership role with the young guys. 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