In an exclusive interview with Foxsports.com.au, Australian Test opener David Warner has lashed out on the scheduling of the upcoming Twenty20 international series against Sri Lanka.
The three-match series is set to take place in mid-February, with the third game to be played on the day before the first Test of Australia's Test series in India.
This means none of Australia's Test stars will be able to play in the T20I series against Sri Lanka, which Warner labels as "very, very poor scheduling."
"Scheduling is obviously Cricket Australia’s area. They play the big role in putting that on. For me, it’s about going out there and playing the game and not worrying too much about that," Warner told Foxsports.com.au.
"In saying that, it is very, very poor scheduling. To have your Test team going away to play a Test match and one-dayers overseas, it doesn’t make any sense to us. I don’t like it.
"Those of us who are part of the T20 team have a bigger goal and bigger picture, and that is to win a World Cup. You want to be putting your best team on the park all the time.
"At the end of the day, you’ve got Big Bash and IPL. If me, Smithy (Steve Smith), Starcy (Mitchell Starc), Ussy (Usman Khawaja), Shaun Marsh — all these guys that are in the Australian T20 team from the previous World Cup — if we are not playing any T20 cricket in Australia where the next World Cup is meant to be, it becomes quite a tough thing for selectors to work around.
"We have one-day stuff where you can put your foot down and prove some things, but for me it’s about playing my best in any of the three formats that you play."
The full interview with Warner can be found here.