David Warner
David Warner

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

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 0-14 chasing 223 to wrap up the best-of-five series, were angry the match was called off and will take their complaints to the International Cricket Council.

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'' on Monday.

"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.

'''Australia'''
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.

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