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David Warner sharpens his catching skills amid self-isolation due to coronavirus pandemic

New Delhi, Marc 24: The novel coronavirus pandemic has brought the world to a standstill with the cricketers resorting to self-isolation and spending time with their families.

In the quarantine, the players are staying indoors and doing something or the other to keep themselves busy. As a timepass, Australia opener David Warner is trying to sharpen his catching skills.

The left-handed batsman shared a video on Instagram in which he could be seen standing in his backyard along with his daughter and playing tennis. With the racquet in his hands and a tennis ball, the cricketer is trying to make one-handed catches.

"Just trying to keep up the skills with some one-hand catching. Remember soft hands?? #Bullsdaycare," Warner captioned the video.

Earlier, the Sunrisers Hyderabad captain had posted a video on his Instagram handle in which he was explaining the importance of washing and sanitising hands to his daughter Indi.

Warner has reportedly decided to pull out of England Cricket Board's 'The Hundred' league as it is clashing with national team's limited-overs series against Zimbabwe.

According to Australian website 'WAtoday', Warner's manager James Erskine said that the decision has got nothing to do with prevailing COVID-19 pandemic that has caused a global lock-down of cricketing activities. "David Warner has pulled out of the Hundred in what could be the first of multiple withdrawals from England's new franchise league by international players as the coronavirus pandemic grips world sport," the website reported.

Warner at a fee of GBP 125,000 was the highest-paid player for the 100-ball-a-side spectacle which was set to be held from July 17 to August 15.

"His decision to withdraw from the competition was unrelated to the COVID-19 outbreak, his manager James Erskine said as he confirmed the move on Friday," the report further stated.

Erskine on Thursday (March 19) had said that Warner will be playing IPL if the COVID-19 pandemic is under control and the league gets rolling after April 15, the time till which the league has been suspended.

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Story first published: Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 14:42 [IST]
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