Joe Root has seen the last of David Warner for now as the Australian batsman has been left out of the squad for the NatWest Series against England that begins on Friday at Headingley.
Warner made his name in the shorter formats of the game before making the transformation to Test cricket, but he appears to have neglected the part that nourished him.
"David has been left out of the Australian ODI squad for this tour purely due to his recent lack of form in this format," Darren Lehmann, the Australia coach, said yesterday (Sunday).
"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." Warner, who was part of Australia's Champions Trophy squad earlier in the summer until he punched Root in a Birmingham bar, has made just two half-centuries in his last 12 ODI innings.
His 53 off 42 balls in Saturday's second T20 against England, which the home side won to level the series, did not sway the selectors. "Like all selection matters, it was a tough decision, but like all players he understands the situation and knows he needs to get back to making a heap of runs that we can't ignore," Lehmann said.
"I spoke with David at length and I've been impressed with his attitude since I've come into the Australian set-up." Warner was overshadowed in the T20s by Aaron Finch, whose 156 off 63 balls at the Ageas Bowl on Thursday was the stuff of hitting fantasy, but England's bowlers will still be pleased to see the back of him as he is also a dangerous batsman.
Suddenly, the prospective debuts of Jamie Overton, Chris Jordan and Boyd Rankin, opening bowlers all, just got a little easier, and England's experimental squad does not look quite as vulnerable as it did.
England's batsmen, too, will be more optimistic after the return home of Mitchell Starc, said to be suffering from lower back pain. He is the latest casualty in a line of Australian pace bowlers, including Pat Cummins, James Pattinson and Ryan Harris, to fall victim to injury recently.
The five-match NatWest Series will pit an England side with fresh faces against an Australian side with fresh legs. There will be some old hands like Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan, and Jonathan Trott to guide the greenhorns, but it will be interesting to see whether the England Performance Programme and the Lions prepare players for the big time.
There is a big prize at stake. The 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand is just 18 months away and players excelling against Michael Clarke's savvy and motivated side are likely to be looked upon favourably by selectors when they come to refine their choices over the coming year.
Australia squad: MJ Clarke (capt), GJ Bailey, F Ahmed, NM Coulter-Nile, JP Faulkner, AJ Finch, JR Hazlewood, PJ Hughes, MG Johnson, SE Marsh, GJ Maxwell, CJ McKay, AC Voges, MS Wade (wkt), SR Watson.