Steve Smith and David Warner are all set to return in the squad for their upcoming series against Pakistan in UAE.
Both Smith and Warner were banned from international cricket for a year due to ball tampering case; which will end on March 28. That makes them eligible to be in the playing XI for the final two One Day international games on March 29 and 31 in the five-match series against Pakistan in UAE.
However, Australia Cricket Board has decided not to include them in the squad and asked them to return to their franchises in the Indian Premier League (IPL); which is scheduled to be started from March 23. Hence, both Smith and Warner will get nearly one week to train with their national teammates before they return to their respective IPL teams.
“After consultation with members of the National Selection Panel, Greg Chappell and Head Coach Justin Langer, Interim EGM Team Performance Belinda Clark, CA Medical Team and both players, it has been agreed Steve Smith and David Warner will not be available for selection for the final two matches of the series against Pakistan,” Trevor Hohns, the selection chairman said in a statement.
“While their bans will be finished on March 28, Steve and David have been working through rehabilitation from elbow surgery and it has been agreed the best pathway for them to return to play is in the Indian Premier League, a strong competition which features some of the world’s best players,” he further added.
However, both Smith and Warner had trained with NSW and their respective grade cricket clubs. They also practiced with their teammates Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood before playing in the Bangladesh Premier League, but unfortunately, they got injured there.
David Warner and Steve Smith’s return in the squad will certainly strengthen the Australian side and will boost the Kangaroo’s confidence before World Cup 2019.
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