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Australian star David Warner cancels £125,000 contract with Southern Brave

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Australian star David Warner cancels £125,000 contract with Southern Brave

David Warner yesterday became the first big name to pull out of the ECB’s new Hundred competition to concentrate on international cricket.

Warner, signed for the maximum £125,000 contract by Southern Brave in the Hundred draft last October, has told the Southampton-based franchise he will instead make himself available for Australia’s one-day series against Zimbabwe in August.

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It is a blow for the ECB, who are determined to keep their new tournament as unaffected as possible by the coronavirus crisis that is set to wipe out at least the bulk of the County Championship season and the Royal London Cup.

Australian star David Warner cancels £125,000 contract with Southern Brave

The Hundred is scheduled to begin on July 17 and could provide some of the first professional cricket this season, with many within the ECB believing that a start date of July 1 is the most feasible option for a truncated domestic season.

Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Aaron Finch and D’Arcy Short are other Australians whose top-priced Hundred contracts could now be in jeopardy while Chris Lynn, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Dan Christian and Adam Zampa also have deals.

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