Australia to manage return of Steve Smith and David Warner

Ross Houston
February 7, 2019

The former skipper, as well as his vice-captain, two of the most destructive batsmen in the one-day game, are now suspended from global cricket following their roles in the ball tampering controversy which overshadowed last year's series against South Africa.

Just a day after the update regarding the uncertainty of banned Australia batsman Steve Smith's participation in the ICC Cricket World cup 2019, Cricket Australia seem hopeful of the 29-year old cricketer taking part in the world event. He subsequently underwent a surgery in Australia and needed to wear an arm brace for six weeks before undergoing extensive rehabilitation.

"We know how good they are and hopefully once their bans are up they'll be welcomed back and they will win Test matches like they did before". "I think those two have got plenty of runs in the bank if you like", Paine said when asked if they could slot straight back in.

While Smith is expected to be fit in time for the quadrennial tournament, reports coming out of Australia suggest that the cricket board is not keen on Smith participating in the World Cup.

Tim Paine says he expects banned duo Steve Smith and David Warner to play a "huge" role in this year's Ashes series against England. "We are working with Steve to ensure he is ready to return to play as soon as practical", said a Cricket Australia spokesperson. It's all part of the management.

Both Smith and Warner will be available for state and global cricket as of March 29 but injuries are likely to impact on their potential comebacks. Two great players who on paper we'd be insane not to have them in the team. Cricket Australia reportedly want Smith to play for Australia A and then participate in county cricket instead of the World Cup.

"We're talking about two great players".

Smith was tracking to make a comeback with the ODI squad on their five-game tour of the UAE in March, along with David Warner who has recovered from his own minor elbow surgery.

The World Cup scheduled from May 30 to July 14, with Australia to also take on England in an Ashes series from August.

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