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Thursday, 7 March 2019

Comeback delayed for Smith and Warner


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Steve Smith and David Warner will have to wait until the World Cup in England in June to make their international comebacks, after the pair were overlooked for Australia’s upcoming ODI series against Pakistan.

Smith and Warner were eligible for selection for the final two matches of the five game series in the UAE, after their ball-tampering bans expire.

But national selectors have chosen to stick with the 15-man squad currently in India, leaving Smith and Warner to return in the IPL.

“It has been agreed Steve Smith and David Warner will not be available for selection for the final two matches of the series against Pakistan,” selection boss Trevor Hohns said in a statement.

“While their bans will be finished on March 28, Steve and David have been working through rehabilitation from elbow surgery and it has been agreed the best pathway for them to return to play is in the Indian Premier League, a strong competition which features some of the world’s best players.

“David will play with Sunrisers Hyderabad and Steve with Rajastan Royals. Cricket Australia will continue to liaise with both Steve, David and their IPL clubs to monitor progress as we build towards the ICC World Cup and the Ashes.”

David Warner Steve Smith

Injured fast bowler Mitchell Starc has suffered a setback in his recovery from a pec strain, and will also miss the series.

“Unfortunately, Mitchell Starc’s recovery from his left pectoral muscle strain has been set back by a slight recurrence as he commenced bowling,” Hohns said.

“This has ruled him out of the Pakistan series and while frustrating for all involved, our focus is to have Mitch ready for the World Cup.”

Under-fire opener Aaron Finch has retained his spot in the side, despite making just 142 runs from his last nine ODIs, while the continued omission of D'Arcy Short and Matthew Wade would appear to rule them out of World Cup contention.

Australian squad:

Aaron Finch (c), Pat Cummins (vc), Alex Carey (vc), Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa.

Steve Smith and David Warner will have to wait until the World Cup in England in June to make their international comebacks, after the pair were overlooked for Australia’s upcoming ODI series against Pakistan.

Smith and Warner were eligible for selection for the final two matches of the five game series in the UAE, after their ball-tampering bans expire.

But national selectors have chosen to stick with the 15-man squad currently in India, leaving Smith and Warner to return in the IPL.

“It has been agreed Steve Smith and David Warner will not be available for selection for the final two matches of the series against Pakistan,” selection boss Trevor Hohns said in a statement.

“While their bans will be finished on March 28, Steve and David have been working through rehabilitation from elbow surgery and it has been agreed the best pathway for them to return to play is in the Indian Premier League, a strong competition which features some of the world’s best players.

“David will play with Sunrisers Hyderabad and Steve with Rajastan Royals. Cricket Australia will continue to liaise with both Steve, David and their IPL clubs to monitor progress as we build towards the ICC World Cup and the Ashes.”

David Warner Steve Smith

Injured fast bowler Mitchell Starc has suffered a setback in his recovery from a pec strain, and will also miss the series.

“Unfortunately, Mitchell Starc’s recovery from his left pectoral muscle strain has been set back by a slight recurrence as he commenced bowling,” Hohns said.

“This has ruled him out of the Pakistan series and while frustrating for all involved, our focus is to have Mitch ready for the World Cup.”

Under-fire opener Aaron Finch has retained his spot in the side, despite making just 142 runs from his last nine ODIs, while the continued omission of D'Arcy Short and Matthew Wade would appear to rule them out of World Cup contention.

Australian squad:

Aaron Finch (c), Pat Cummins (vc), Alex Carey (vc), Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa.

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