Lehmann ready for early Warner departure


Australia opener David Warner is keen to face India, but coach Darren Lehmann is prepared should the batsman have to leave for the birth of his second child.

Warner's wife Candice is expected to give birth in the coming days, leaving the 29-year-old's participation in the one-day internationals in some doubt.

Australia meet India in the opener of the five-match series in Perth on Tuesday, and Lehmann said there had already been thought given to a potential early Warner exit.

"We've just got to see how that transpires over the next couple of games, but he's very keen to play and play very well," Lehmann told a news conference on Friday.

"We've got an extra batter in the squad anyway, so if something happens then we'll just bring the batter in."

Lehmann said paceman Josh Hazlewood, who has carried a heavy workload through Test series against New Zealand and West Indies, was likely to be "fine to go".

Uncapped Western Australian paceman Joel Paris is in contention for his debut, with the WACA wicket working in his favour.

"I think he'd be a pretty good chance being at home," Lehmann said.

"We'll wait to see the wicket, have a look, but he's been impressive as a young man coming into the system. I'm looking forward to seeing how he goes."

Another local, Shaun Marsh, has been urged to impress after being dropped from the Test team following a century against West Indies in Hobart.

Lehmann said: "We think he's batting very well. He was unlucky to be left out as we've said many times.

"He's in really good form, he showed that with the [Perth] Scorchers again over the last few [Big Bash League] games, so we're impressed with where he's at and he's got a chance again to play well for Australia."