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Thursday, 2 May 2019

Million dollar paydays for Smith and Warner


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Steve Smith and David Warner have reportedly been given Cricket Australia contracts worth more than $1.5 million following their return to the game from the ball-tampering suspensions.

The former captain and vice-captain are not the highest paid players on the contract list, with Pat Cummins tipped to be earning around $2 million, although according to TheDaily Telegraph, Smith and Warner are among the top five earners.

The pair’s income reflects their status as multi-format players, with Cricket Australia reportedly deciding that, having served their punishments, their impressive playing records warrant their position in the upper-echelon of players, and they shouldn’t be sanctioned a second time for the events of Cape Town.

Estimates suggest Smith and Warner each lost a massive $7 million over the period of their suspension, with both having their CA and IPL contracts ripped up and personal sponsors distancing themselves from the pair.

Smith and Warner have taken the first steps towards re-integrating themselves into the national side, joining the squad in Brisbane for a World Cup training camp.

Fast bowler Mitchell Starc says there was no lingering animosity towards the pair.

“It's onwards, upwards and focused on the World Cup ... it's all rosy,” Starc said.

Both Smith and Warner have returned from stints in the IPL, with Warner in particular in top form. The left-hander plundered 692 runs from 12 innings for Sunrisers Hyderabad, comfortably the leading runscorer for the tournament to date, while Smith averaged just under 40 in a productive return from an elbow injury.

“I've seen some of the highlights and some of the scores and he's (Warner) been on fire over there along with Steve, so that's great for him, great for the group,” Starc said.

“He's a world-class player, we're excited to have him back in the group and hopefully he can continue that form into the World Cup.”

Steve Smith & David Warner

Australia is preparing for a hostile reception from fans and media in the UK, as they face a four month tour that involves both the World Cup and Ashes.

Former skipper Mark Taylor knows exactly the lengths the British tabloids will go to in an attempt to distract the players. In the midst of a form slump in 1997, a newspaper reporter attempted to present him with an extra wide bat.

“There’s no doubt it will be an issue, especially when they first get over there,” Taylor told recently told Wide World of Sports.

“They’re going to have to deal with it for sure. But when you go to England and play a series you’ve got to deal with something, whether it be extra large bats or bits of sandpaper waved in your face.

“That’s part and parcel of being a professional cricketer.”

Steve Smith and David Warner have reportedly been given Cricket Australia contracts worth more than $1.5 million following their return to the game from the ball-tampering suspensions.

The former captain and vice-captain are not the highest paid players on the contract list, with Pat Cummins tipped to be earning around $2 million, although according to TheDaily Telegraph, Smith and Warner are among the top five earners.

The pair’s income reflects their status as multi-format players, with Cricket Australia reportedly deciding that, having served their punishments, their impressive playing records warrant their position in the upper-echelon of players, and they shouldn’t be sanctioned a second time for the events of Cape Town.

Estimates suggest Smith and Warner each lost a massive $7 million over the period of their suspension, with both having their CA and IPL contracts ripped up and personal sponsors distancing themselves from the pair.

Smith and Warner have taken the first steps towards re-integrating themselves into the national side, joining the squad in Brisbane for a World Cup training camp.

Fast bowler Mitchell Starc says there was no lingering animosity towards the pair.

“It's onwards, upwards and focused on the World Cup ... it's all rosy,” Starc said.

Both Smith and Warner have returned from stints in the IPL, with Warner in particular in top form. The left-hander plundered 692 runs from 12 innings for Sunrisers Hyderabad, comfortably the leading runscorer for the tournament to date, while Smith averaged just under 40 in a productive return from an elbow injury.

“I've seen some of the highlights and some of the scores and he's (Warner) been on fire over there along with Steve, so that's great for him, great for the group,” Starc said.

“He's a world-class player, we're excited to have him back in the group and hopefully he can continue that form into the World Cup.”

Steve Smith & David Warner

Australia is preparing for a hostile reception from fans and media in the UK, as they face a four month tour that involves both the World Cup and Ashes.

Former skipper Mark Taylor knows exactly the lengths the British tabloids will go to in an attempt to distract the players. In the midst of a form slump in 1997, a newspaper reporter attempted to present him with an extra wide bat.

“There’s no doubt it will be an issue, especially when they first get over there,” Taylor told recently told Wide World of Sports.

“They’re going to have to deal with it for sure. But when you go to England and play a series you’ve got to deal with something, whether it be extra large bats or bits of sandpaper waved in your face.

“That’s part and parcel of being a professional cricketer.”

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