Smith and Warner will return stronger from bans, says Warne

Tanya Simon
March 13, 2019

Smith and Warner were banned by Cricket Australia for 12 months in March previous year for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal in a test match against South Africa in Cape Town.

Meanwhile, David Warner and Steven Smith suffered injuries during the Bangladesh Premier League.

David Warner and Steve Smith, who were involved in the ball-tampering row in South Africa last year, will be making a comeback to the Australian team after serving out their one-year bans on March 29.

Selector Trevor Hohns said after consultation with head coach Justin Langer it had been decided they would be better served easing their way back at the Indian Premier League, which starts on March 23. The next four years were the best I ever had.

Starc had already been ruled out of the ongoing ODI series in India, which Aaron Finch-captained Australia now trail 2-0 ahead of the third match in Ranchi later yesterday. It was India's first defeat at home under Kohli's captaincy in any format.

"That's why I reckon Australia can win the World Cup", he said, despite the team's recent patchy one-day form. He also said Warner will be the best player at the World Cup.

This innings (110) will serve enormous confidence to Warner, who will be eligible to play in the IPL post his ban.

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With World Cup beginning from May 30 in England, Steve Smith and David Warner will also look forward to this IPL for practice. "They are just going to try and let their bat do the talking and toe the line", Warne told The UK's Telegraph in an interview.

"Selectors don't want to rush them (Warner and Smith) back, so if they've got injuries they'd want them to get 100 per cent right".

"They are going to come out and destroy attacks and I back David Warner to be the player of the World Cup".

Warner will hand a lot of boost for IPL 2018 finalists SRH.

"They might be 75 per cent, they might be 85 per cent, that's good enough for club cricket but not good enough for the Australian side". "The next four years were the best I ever had", Warne, who took 708 wickets for Australia in 145 test matches, added.

"You freshen your mind up, you become hungry again and realise how important cricket is to you".

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