Warner fine with no result

  • Last Updated: January 21 2013, 9:14 GMT

David Warner has joined Australian captain Michael Clarke in backing the controversial decision to abandon Sunday's one-day international against Sri Lanka.

David Warner: Ground was too wet
David Warner: Ground was too wet

The match was held up for 90 minutes at the start of the tourists' run chase due to constant drizzle and then abandoned at around 9.20pm local time after the umpires deemed conditions too unsafe to continue.

Sri Lanka, who were 14 without loss chasing 223 to wrap up the best-of-five series, were angry the match was called off and were intending to complain to the match referee.

Those among the 22,000 crowd who waited patiently for a restart loudly booed the decision.

Cricket Australia officials were forced to release a statement outlining the reasons behind the cancellation.

Quoting curator Tom Parker, it read: "There was no wind or sun to dry the surface despite ground staff using wide ranging measures to dry the grass.

"The high humidity also continued to produce heavy dew."

Warner and Clarke both concurred with Parker's assessment.

"It was very wet. We were throwing the ball on the ground and could see the water spinning up behind the ball so that indicates the ground is pretty wet," Warner told Sky Sports Radio.

"We did have a pretty substantial amount of rain.

"It's not our call - we're all for playing - but some responsibility has to fall on the umpires to decide if it's safe for the bowlers.

"If their footing comes undone ... we don't want any injuries. Safety comes first."

Clarke denied the abandonment suited Australia, who would have been defending a reduced target under the Duckworth-Lewis system had play resumed.

"This ground is known for its drainage," he said.

"I've played a number of games here where it's held a lot more water than that and we've managed to get back on.

"Sri Lanka would definitely have loved to get back out there but we wanted to play as well to have a chance of winning the series."

Meanwhile, Australia have announced a 13-man squad for the final ODI against Sri Lanka in Hobart with fast bowler Ben Cutting added to the side.

The 25-year-old comes into the squad after his two-wicket performance helped the Brisbane Heat win the Big Bash League final over the Perth Scorchers at the WACA on Saturday night.

Cutting is also named in a 12-man squad for the upcoming two-game Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka.

Shaun Marsh is recalled with Adam Voges, Ben Laughlin and James Faulkner also named after impressing domestically.

Australia squad for final ODI: Michael Clarke (capt), George Bailey, Ben Cutting, Xavier Doherty, Moises Henriques, Phillip Hughes, David Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.

Australia Twenty20 squad: George Bailey (capt), Ben Cutting, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Ben Laughlin, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Adam Voges, Matthew Wade, David Warner.

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