Violated Steve Smith and David Warner return to the Australian squadron for Cricket World Cup in England after a ban on tampering with the ball
- Steve Smith and David Warner are back in Australia for the World Cup
- It marks their return to the national side after a ban on tampering with the ball
- Few were banned for the year due to roles in planning to manipulate the ball with sandpaper
- Set to return to the international scene in tournaments in England and Wales
Steve Smith and David Warner took their first major step towards rehabilitation after Sandpapergate after being named on the 15-man World Cup team in Australia.
The 12-month ban served by both men for their part in the Cape Man scandal scandal that brought the Australian cricket to its knees expired on March 29.
Both are excluded from leadership positions – Smith, the former captain of Test, for another year, and Warner, his former deputy, forever.
Steve Smith and David Warner play again for the day game of Australia at the World Cup
Smith, the former captain of the Australia Test, was embarrassed after the scandal with the fights
Warner was also involved in the plot to manipulate the ball with sandpaper during last year
AUSTRALIA SQUAD WORLD CUP 2019
Aaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa
But they certainly seem to make their international comeback in the World Cup opener of Australia, against Afghanistan in Bristol on June 1 – 434 days after their participation in a conspiracy that ended with the opening of batsman Cameron Bancroft who are against during the third test trousers shuffled South Africa.
The two returnees have been in action with the IPL, with different fortunes. Smith did not find his best form in scoring 186 runs out of 37 with a modest strike-rate of 107 for Rajasthan Royals.
But Warner struck beautifully for Sunrisers Hyderabad and struck 400 runs out of 80 with a strike-rate of 140 when he was open with Jonny Bairstow – a player he was wearing heavily during the 2017-18 axis.
Both Smith (left) and Warner have been called up for the World Cup squadrio in Australia
Smith and Warner show off the Ashes Urn after Australia's victory over England in 2017-18
The one-day captain of Australia, Aaron Finch, speaks when the team is announced for the World Cup
The inclusion of Smith and Warner means no place for commander Peter Handscomb. And to get Warner at the top of the order, Australia will have to disrupt their successful opening partnership with Aaron Finch, the 50-over captain and Usman Khawaja, who have taken an average of their last 10 games.
The selectors have meanwhile not found a place for experienced sailor Josh Hazlewood, who prefers to make sure he is suitable for the Ashes, starting on August 1.
Australia is preparing for the World Cup with three unofficial matches at home in New Zealand, while their warm-up matches include a match against England in Southampton's Ageas Bowl on May 25.
AUSTRALIA 2019-20 CONTRACTS
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