Smith, Warner left out of ODI Squad

Heather Diaz
March 13, 2019

There had been much talk of them being rushed back into the side ahead of the World Cup in England in late May, but selectors opted to stick with the same 15-man squad that is now in India.

Year-long ball-tampering bans from state and global for Warner and former Australian skipper Steve Smith run out on March 28.

David Warner has given a timely reminder of his talent with a grade-cricket ton but the race to open the batting for Australia at both the World Cup and Ashes is now wide open.

Selector Trevor Hohns said they would be better served easing their way back at the Indian Premier League, which gets under way this month.

Warner, who was earlier seen in the Bangladesh Premier League, had to rush home for a minor elbow surgery. You get excited just going to the nets again because you have taken it for granted in the past so I think they will come back better than they were.

While Smith was retained by his side Rajasthan Royals, Warner was also retained by Sunrisers Hyderabad.

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While Warner's injury also needed surgery, Smith had a bad one. "He then changed into a more placid player but was then told by Cricket Australia to be the enforcer and was doing what he was told".

During the Test in Cape Town, Cameron Bancroft tried to alter the ball with sandpaper with Warner fingered as the instigator and then captain Smith admitting he turned a blind eye. He returned in late December with his Twenty20 side Perth Scorchers and has recently been in red-hot form with the bat in domestic Sheffield Shield.

Although they were expected to play for Australia in the forthcoming Pakistan tour, selectors left them out of choice for this time.

Cricket Australia officially affirming that on March 28, the ban imposed on these two players is ending and immediately afterwards, both players can take part in the IPL and the World Cup after March 29.

IPL 2019 is set to begin from March 23 and Smith and Warner's suspension will finish on March 28.

Australia play the first of five one-dayers against Pakistan on March 22 in Sharjah.

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