Radio New Zealand – Steve Smith and David Warner’s formal reintegration with the Australian cricket team will start earlier than expected, with the banned duo to join the ODI squad for a day in the UAE.

Summary

  • Steve Smith and David Warner’s formal reintegration with the Australian cricket team will start earlier than expected, with the banned duo to join the ODI squad for a day in the UAE.
  • Smith and Warner are set to front World Cup teammates later this week in Dubai prior to joining their respective Indian Premier League franchises for the Twenty20 tournament that begins on March 23.
  • Chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns recently suggested Smith and Warner, now in the final three weeks of year-long suspensions, would likely have played ODIs against Pakistan on 29 and 31 March if not for their injuries.
  • Langer has been in regular dialogue with both Smith and Warner since being appointed coach but, up until now, Smith and Warner have been kept at arm’s length from national squads.
  • Khawaja suggested the squad is content with a scenario in which two incumbent batsmen will be axed to accommodate Smith and Warner.


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