Sunday, 16 June, 2019

Steve Smith, David Warner back in Australia's World Cup squad

Steve Smith currently playing in the IPL will make his international return APSteve Smith currently playing in the IPL will make his international return
Sidney Guerrero | 15 April, 2019, 11:29

Former Australia captain Steve Smith and David Warner, who completed their bans for ball-tampering last month will return to the Australian squad for the 2019 World Cup.

Both players also regained their Cricket Australia contracts as the country's new list of contracted players was announced - less than three weeks after becoming eligible for global selection again after bans imposed for their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa a year ago.

Meanwhile, if their IPL form is concerned, David Warner has been churning out runs on a consistent basis for SRH.

Hazlewood and Handscomb were instead named in Australia's "A" squad for their tour of England starting in June, which will provide opportunities for players to make their case to be included in the Ashes squad.

With them being included in the World Cup squad, it becomes imperative for Smith and Warner to attend the team's training camp for the mega event.

Having served their resultant one-year bans, Warner and Smith are trying to get back in the groove at the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).

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"Our key criteria focused on selecting a pool of players who are going to help us in our ambition to win the upcoming World Cup and Ashes Series in England, and who can also play the various formats over the course of the Australian summer".

Australia's recent red-hot form has been built on the back of a rock-solid opening partnership between skipper Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja.

He added that there had been some tough calls to make given the depth of talent available, but was happy to see Smith and Warner return to the worldwide fold.

Alex Carey is the sole wicketkeeper in the squad, while leg-spinner Adam Zampa and off-spinner Nathan Lyon are the two spinners in the squad. Josh Hazlewood has also been named in the Australia A squad. Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Pat Cummins and Nathan Coulter-Nile are the five pacers.

Another notable absentee is fast bowler Josh Hazlewood, who has been sidelined with a back injury since January.

Cricket Australia's 2019 contract list: Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Alex Carey, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine, James Pattinson, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa.

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