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ECB prepared for Australia’s leading stars such as David Warner to pull out of The Hundred

The ECB are braced for Australia’s leading players to pull out of The Hundred as competitions fight for limited space in a suffocating schedule.

Cricket Australia are understood to be ready to withdraw David Warner, Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell and Jhye Richardson from the new 100-ball tournament due to concerns over fatigue.

They will miss the first few days of action anyway as their white-ball tour of the Caribbean does not end until July 25, three days after the opening Hundred match.

The ECB are prepared for the likes of Aaron Finch (left) and David Warner (right) to pull out of The Hundred

The ECB are prepared for the likes of Aaron Finch (left) and David Warner (right) to pull out of The Hundred

The ECB are prepared for the likes of Aaron Finch (left) and David Warner (right) to pull out of The Hundred

With the more lucrative Indian Premier League now lined up for a September resumption and the T20 World Cup and Ashes series dominating the end of the year, it is likely the players will want to rest during August or be instructed to by their bosses.

Although far from a shock, confirmation will nevertheless be a hammer blow for The Hundred’s organising team, who have seen the participation of the top English players jeopardised by India’s request to bring forward the fifth Test between the countries at Old Trafford from September to late July, thereby increasing the window for the postponed IPL’s conclusion.

Glenn Maxwell may also withdraw from The Hundred

Glenn Maxwell may also withdraw from The Hundred

Jhye Richardson is another player who could withdraw

Jhye Richardson is another player who could withdraw

Other Aussie stars such as Glenn Maxwell (left) and Jhye Richardson (right) could also pull out