London, July 11: Opener David Warner has been released from Australia's Ashes squad on the tour of England to join the Australia A squad in Africa to play a Zimbabwe XI and South Africa A.
Warner will depart later this week and link up with Australia A in Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Commenting on the decision on Wednesday (July 10), Cricket Australia's (CA) National Selector John Inverarity said: "David has trained hard and been very supportive of the team and his team-mates during the past few weeks, but his preparation for the First Test was not ideal. He is in need of match practice and runs in the longer format and the Australia A games in Zimbabwe and South Africa will provide him with the best possible opportunity.
"David remains a member of the Ashes Squad and will return to the England at an appropriate time once we're happy he has had adequate preparation in match conditions.
"Steve Smith will stay on with the Ashes squad for the full tour in England. As a consequence of this Aaron Finch will take over the captaincy of Australia A while Alex Doolan has been promoted to vice-captain.
"The NSP also announces that Ashton Agar has become an official member of the Ashes squad for the series," Inverarity said.
Warner was suspended till the first Ashes Test after he was found guilty of attacking England batsman Joe Root in a Birmingham bar during last month's Champions Trophy.
The first Ashes Test got under way on July 10.