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    [VIDEOS] Steve Smith and David Warner's comeback Thread

    Justin Langer is open to a contentious proposal that would fast-track the Australian national team returns of Steve Smith and Dave Warner.

    The Australia coach is delighted with what he is seeing from Smith, Warner and fellow exile Cameron Bancroft as the punishments for their parts in the South African sandpaper debacle near their end.

    Bancroft’s Cricket Australia ban ends on December 29 while Smith and Warner are eligible for Australian selection again on March 29.

    Smith and Warner could return through the Indian Premier League but Pakistan are proposing a five-match series of one dayers against Australia in the UAE before the World Cup.

    The series from March 31 is set to ruffle Indian feathers because the dates cut across the IPL.

    “There’s potential, yeah, definitely potential,” Langer said of the Pakistan proposal.

    “That’s part of the process.

    “There are lots of conversations going on; what’s best for our bowlers, best for the guys returning.

    “I’m sure we’ll work through that ... but there’s certainly been no decisions.”

    Langer is impressed with the attitudes and preparations of the banned trio.

    “He (Smith) is the Virat Kohli of the Australian cricket team, that’s the truth of it,” Langer said.

    “I know how determined he is to get back and play for Australia.

    “That makes me feel warm and fuzzy, knowing Steve Smith is determined.”

    Langer pointed to Bancroft’s letter to his younger self that was published in the West Australian on the weekend.

    “That was incredibly courageous, what we wrote and he’s learned,” Langer said.

    “He’s gone from pretty much you’d say a boy into a man, from what’s happened; that warms my heart as well.”

    Langer also has no doubt about what the pugnacious Warner is doing to prepare himself.

    “Davey Warner would be training like Rocky Balboa at the moment ... (he is) such a good player,” Langer said.

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    I simply ADORE Langer's press quips. Stuff of memes.

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    Lol why is this headline news now ? I heard about this week's ago.

    Australia should get them back into the team as soon as the ban is finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    Lol why is this headline news now ? I heard about this week's ago.
    Because Langer spoke about it today.


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    “He (Smith) is the Virat Kohli of the Australian cricket team, that’s the truth of it,” Langer said

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    Quote Originally Posted by mp812rediff View Post
    “He (Smith) is the Virat Kohli of the Australian cricket team, that’s the truth of it,” Langer said
    Virat Kohli is not a disgraceful cheat. Not even close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    Virat Kohli is not a disgraceful cheat. Not even close.
    Absolutely nonsense. If Smith was a real cheat he would've blatantly refused his involvement in the whole scenario and would've thrown the rookie bowler under the bus.

    It's the stupid Australian cricket board that went overboard and punished Smith way more than he actually deserved.

    Do Plessis cheated and tempered the ball with lollipop. What punishment did CSA give to him.

    And pls don't hold kohli to such a high position. There r quite a few images where kohli was seen using lollipop saliva to shine the ball. What punishment did BCCI give to him?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RainMan_ View Post
    Absolutely nonsense. If Smith was a real cheat he would've blatantly refused his involvement in the whole scenario and would've thrown the rookie bowler under the bus.

    It's the stupid Australian cricket board that went overboard and punished Smith way more than he actually deserved.

    Do Plessis cheated and tempered the ball with lollipop. What punishment did CSA give to him.

    And pls don't hold kohli to such a high position. There r quite a few images where kohli was seen using lollipop saliva to shine the ball. What punishment did BCCI give to him?
    Extremely naive of you to believe what happened in South Africa was a one off episode involving those players and the Australian team in general

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    Virat Kohli is not a disgraceful cheat. Not even close.
    Virat Kohli is a sadak chap who swears(see S.Marsh wicket in 2nd test) while promising no sledging at start of series.Even Gavaskar slammed him with starting the sledging in this and 2014 series.

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    Smith didn't do anything wrong. The decisions made on him were harsh.

    Bowl tampering ain't a big deal. CA made those decisions to keep their reputation and dignity high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gullycricket View Post
    Virat Kohli is a sadak chap who swears(see S.Marsh wicket in 2nd test) while promising no sledging at start of series.Even Gavaskar slammed him with starting the sledging in this and 2014 series.
    Sledging is not tantamount to cheating. Yes I don't like Kohli's fake Aussie and South African wannabe desperately forced aggression and his cowardly antics of giving send offs to opposition batsmen when he and his team are on top and then to see him go into a shell when his team are badly behind the game, but it is not tantamount to cheating.

    A lot of justified question marks on how long the Aussie regime of Smith, Warner, Lehman were tampering with the ball and cheating to win games. It is questionable how Starc was able to get reverse swing out of no where on that flat Melbourne pitch against Pakistan on Day 5 when did nothing through out the test match and Star's dismal ineffective performances since the ball tampering scandal.

    And let's not even claim that Smith was some kind of role model gentleman. Everyone can see photos of him mocking an Indian player who was carrying an injury

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    Glad Smith and Warner are coming back earlier than said. They have been punished more than enough.

    Just hope they have learned their lessons and stop planned and repeated cheating attempts and lying. No more sandpapers and no more "brain fade" DRS.

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    So basically no chance for Australia to tour Pakistan then...

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    And we should bring back Sharjeel.

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    LOL at people trying to equate Smith's conduct with Kohli's on field aggression and sledging. How desperate can people get?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenstorm View Post
    And we should bring back Sharjeel.
    Aamir and Sharjeel vs Smith and Warner

    Blockbuster!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RainMan_ View Post
    Absolutely nonsense. If Smith was a real cheat he would've blatantly refused his involvement in the whole scenario and would've thrown the rookie bowler under the bus.

    It's the stupid Australian cricket board that went overboard and punished Smith way more than he actually deserved.

    Do Plessis cheated and tempered the ball with lollipop. What punishment did CSA give to him.

    And pls don't hold kohli to such a high position. There r quite a few images where kohli was seen using lollipop saliva to shine the ball. What punishment did BCCI give to him?
    Does your non stop moaning and crying about Indian team and players help you sleep better? I hope it at least helps you forget the pain of being the fan of your number 8-9 ranked Asian powermouse team which lost a home test to Zimbabwe recently.

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    I wonder what would be the excuse now if we smash the Aussies again WITH Smith and Warner.

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    For this we need to shift our series a bit later I believe.

    We should make sure they travel to Pakistan in return. Play in Pakistan or play without Smith and Warner.


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    Home and away: Australian cricket a 'soap opera,' says Langer

    Australian cricket cannot escape its "soap opera" with the ghosts of 2018 following the team to Sydney for the new year.

    Coach Justin Langer has conceded Cameron Bancroft's controversial interview, which overshadowed one of the marquee days of the cricket calendar, was a distraction for the Test side in their loss to India in Melbourne.



    On Wednesday night, as Australia's players gear up for the fourth Test at the SCG, Bancroft will be across town at Spotless Stadium on Big Bash League duties for the Perth Scorchers.

    In another twist of fate, David Warner's Sylhet Sixers will take on Steve Smith's Comilla Victorians in the Bangladesh Premier League on Sunday night - a match-up which would not have been possible had the Bangladesh board not made last-minute changes to their rules to allow the former Australian captain to play in their Twenty20 tournament.


    Smith and Warner are working to repair their relationship, which was strained after the events in Newlands. The pair have already squared off in Canada's Global T20 and more recently in Sydney's first-grade competition.

    Momentum is building for the pair to be recalled to the national side once they complete their 12-month suspensions in late March.

    Test captain Tim Paine gave the strongest indication yet they will be welcomed back to the Test side for the Ashes, which Australia will have little hope defending without them having lost four of six games since the bans were handed down.

    Cricket Australia is exploring how Smith and Warner can play in the final two games of the one-day international series against Pakistan in the UAE.

    There could be a scenario where the duo are able to train with the team on tour but not join in the player/match official area on game day until their bans expire.

    With all this drama in the background, it is little wonder Langer could be forgiven for thinking his job is not as a cricket coach.


    "It's all just part of the soap opera we're in every day. I feel like a director of a soap opera at the moment, I honestly do," Langer said.

    Bancroft made his comeback to top-level cricket on Sunday when he was jeered to the crease then given mild applause on his way off the ground after making two.

    While those close to Bancroft were expecting a different reaction to his interview with Adam Gilchrist, which drew wide criticism, the opener is said to be feeling better having completed it.

    Langer has previously referred to Australian cricket as a "dysfunctional family" with the sideshow of last week a case in point.

    "That's part of coaching - it's man management, looking after people and caring for people," Langer said.

    "That was just another distraction last week. There's different ways you can look at those interviews.

    "It's just another part of our day-to-day job. We're in touch with the boys all the time, there's a really good process we're going to go through to get the boys back into the team. It was great to see Cameron playing last night. It's part of the soap opera."

    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket...31-p50ozh.html



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    Shane Warne reveals why Australia can win World Cup

    Both are widely expected to walk straight back into Australia’s XI, although opinion remains divided on how the pair will fare after such a lengthy period away from competitive cricket.

    But Warne has no concerns, pointing to his own 12-month ban from the game and the limited effect it ultimately had on his playing career.

    “Sometimes having an enforced lay off - like I’m used to, I had 12 months off myself - what that means is you become really fresh,” Warne - who was in 2003 banned from cricket for testing positive to banned diuretic drugs - said on Fox Cricket.

    “You freshen your mind up, you become hungry again and realise how important cricket is to you.”

    That’s not the only reason why Warne fancies Australia’s chances at the World Cup.

    The legendary spinner added that both players will “have a point to prove” when they eventually make their returns.

    “That’s why I reckon Australia can win the World Cup,” Warne said.

    “Have a look at their records. Absolute class, as good as anybody in the world those two players. They’ll walk straight back in, they’ll be hungry.

    “They’ll be a bit nervous in the first few games but that’ll be good for them, they’ll be excited and I would expect them to play as good as they always have.”

    Smith and Warner were key members of Australia’s World Cup winning team in 2015 and are among the nation’s finest one-day batsmen this century.

    Former Australia captain Smith has made 3,431 ODI runs at 41.84, and Warner 4,343 at 43.43. There are 22 ODI centuries between the pair.

    Brett Lee said he has no doubts they will still have what it takes to perform at the highest level if they are on top of their mental game in front of what will likely be a hostile UK crowd.

    “I think it comes down to their mental strength. I have no issues with their ability, I’ve got no issues with their technique,” 2003 World Cup winner Lee said on Fox Cricket.

    “Because when any of us play in England you get sledged, you get hammered from the crowd. But I think it’s how they deal with it.”

    He added: “Try and laugh it off and get through that tough period.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by JattMaula View Post
    Aamir and Sharjeel vs Smith and Warner

    Blockbuster!!!
    Battle of the banned.

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    I think Warner is the more crucial addition whereas Smith is pretty ordinary by modern ODI standards.

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    Hopefully Warner gets his mojo back, he is a dangerous batsman when in form and a treat to watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barah_admi View Post
    I think Warner is the more crucial addition whereas Smith is pretty ordinary by modern ODI standards.
    He might be, but pre-ban I would have backed him to produce in a big tournament ala S Waugh- he was just 'good" as an ODI player but played out of his skln in a couple of World Cup trophy wins over the decades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrongun View Post
    He might be, but pre-ban I would have backed him to produce in a big tournament ala S Waugh- he was just 'good" as an ODI player but played out of his skln in a couple of World Cup trophy wins over the decades.
    Smith had a pretty good 2015 if I remember correctly but then again, Starc was on fire back then and probably helped Australia more.

    Now, in a world where the bowling line up looks pedestrian and the batsmen need to score heavily and quickly, Smith kind of just slots in....meh.

    But you're right, he could up his game for a world cup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barah_admi View Post
    I think Warner is the more crucial addition whereas Smith is pretty ordinary by modern ODI standards.
    Gaurantee you that id Smith was playing the other day, the Aussies wouldn't have choked so hard.


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    Smith has scored the bulk of his runs at home. He only has one ton out of Aus. Obviously he is an upgrade on current Aus batsman but not sure if he will perform that well in England. Especially after missing out for so long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barah_admi View Post
    Smith had a pretty good 2015 if I remember correctly but then again, Starc was on fire back then and probably helped Australia more.

    Now, in a world where the bowling line up looks pedestrian and the batsmen need to score heavily and quickly, Smith kind of just slots in....meh.

    But you're right, he could up his game for a world cup.
    Eh, Smith is the biggest HTB in ODIs, look at his away stats. Don't take his 2015 WC seriously, Smith was playing in Australia (he averages < 30 outside Aus)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Gomes View Post
    Eh, Smith is the biggest HTB in ODIs, look at his away stats. Don't take his 2015 WC seriously, Smith was playing in Australia (he averages < 30 outside Aus)
    HTB is only relevant for tests. For LOIs , they are more of a fun fact. How do you explain a batsmen scoring more at home in ODIs when he scores in tests both home and away?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aloo paratha View Post
    Gaurantee you that id Smith was playing the other day, the Aussies wouldn't have choked so hard.
    They did actually, during their last tour to India. Smith was well set at 50-odd, with Australia needing 115 runs off last 20-odd overs, with 6 wickets in hand.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/1...in-ind-2017-18

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Gomes View Post
    Eh, Smith is the biggest HTB in ODIs, look at his away stats. Don't take his 2015 WC seriously, Smith was playing in Australia (he averages < 30 outside Aus)
    Home or not, he played very well in a world cup, with all that home pressure and got his team a world cup win.

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    Secret Steve Smith, David Warner reintegration plan revealed

    Steve Smith and David Warner’s formal reintegration will start earlier than expected, with the banned duo to soon front World Cup teammates in the UAE.
    Smith and Warner are set to catch up with Australia’s ODI squad in Dubai prior to joining their respective Indian Premier League franchises for the Twenty20 tournament that begins on March 23.

    The face-to-face meetings are the surest sign yet the gifted batsmen will be part of Australia’s World Cup defence, as has long been the widespread expectation.

    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 March 29 and 31 if not for their elbow injuries.

    Coach Justin Langer and selectors will not rush the former captain and vice- captain back into the XI, having left them out of the 15-man squad that will travel from Delhi to Dubai on Thursday.

    But the visit will give Smith and Warner a chance to reconnect with support staff and teammates, and start repairing any strained relationships within the touring party.

    It will be their first exposure to a team culture and high-performance environment that has undergone major changes under Langer since the Cape Town cheating scandal.


    Langer has been in regular dialogue with both Smith and Warner since being appointed coach, while they’ve been part of NSW training sessions and kept in touch with many teammates during a year in exile.

    But, up until now, Smith and Warner have been kept at arm’s length from national squads.

    Smith and Warner’s trip is expected to fall before the five-match series against Pakistan starts on March 22.

    Langer, who likened himself to a soap opera director and described Australian cricket as a dysfunctional family this summer, wants his charges to focus on maintaining the momentum they’ve generated with back-to-back wins over India.

    Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb and Jhye Richardson are members of the current ODI squad who were also on deck at Newlands when the ball-tampering furore erupted.

    Cummins has backed Smith and Warner to make seamless returns.

    “We have all played a lot of cricket with them. It’s not a surprise they are coming back, we have known it for a long time,” Cummins said.

    “They are two really good guys ... I don’t see any problems.”

    Khawaja suggested the squad is content with a scenario in which two incumbent batsmen will be axed to accommodate Smith and Warner.

    “They are world-class players and they’ve been amazing for the one-day team ... when they do come back they’ll be welcomed with open arms,” Khawaja said.

    https://www.foxsports.com.au/cricket...b709746231fa4e

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    I have doubts about Smith and Warner getting selected for the World Cup.

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    Banned duo Steve Smith and David Warner will begin their reintegration into the Australian white ball squad in the UAE, with the pair set to conclude their 12 month ban on March 28.

    Although the former Australian captains were omitted for the upcoming tour of the UAE, the pair will front the national squad in Dubai as they prepare for the five-match series against Pakistan.

    It's expected that Smith and Warner will train with the Australian squad for approximately a week before they reunite with their respective Indian Premier League franchises for the Twenty20 tournament that begins on March 23.

    Although the 12-month suspension expires in time for the final two matches against Pakistan, selection chairman Trevor Hohns believes that the "best pathway" for their returns will be through the Indian Premier League as they both recover from their respective elbow surgeries.

    "After consultation with members of the National Selection Panel, Greg Chappell and Head Coach Justin Langer, Interim EGM Team Performance Belinda Clark, CA Medical Team and both players, 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," 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."

    Due to the restrictions of their bans, Smith and Warner have been kept at an arms length from the national side but have instead trained with NSW and their respective grade cricket clubs.

    They also practiced with Pat Cummins, Mitch Starc and Josh Hazlewood over the summer, before they suffered injuries in the Bangladesh Premier League.

    But the Dubai visit will give Smith and Warner an opportunity to reconnect with players and familiarise themselves with the new team environment ahead of the World Cup.

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    Steve Smith and David Warner must prepare for a barrage of fan hostility and intense media scrutiny in the United Kingdom this year, says Ricky Ponting, who has warned their international returns could "derail" Australia's World Cup campaign if the team isn't adequately prepared.

    The gradual easing of Smith and Warner back into the national fold following their 12-month bans will begin in the UAE later this month ahead of their expected recall for Australia's 50-over world title defence, beginning on June 1 in Bristol.

    Ponting, a three-time World Cup winner and the most successful captain in the tournament's history, will play an integral role in smoothing the duo's likely returns when he joins Australia's coaching staff for the six-and-a-half week campaign.

    While the 44-year-old doesn't anticipate any internal hostility towards the side's former captain and vice-captain, he stressed both the pair and the rest of the ODI squad need to prepare for unprecedented antagonism externally.


    "I don't think it is much of a challenge internally around the players," Ponting told cricket.com.au. "You'd like to think that those guys are having conversations now, so they're not leaving it to the last minute and just be exposed to this thing that could be derailing to a team.

    "I'm sure this would have been talked about at a higher level for a long time - how do we integrate them back in? How do they fit in? How is it all going to be seamless?

    "But the hardest part for those guys is going to be the public perception of us, especially in England.

    "They're coming back into a World Cup in the UK - they shouldn’t be expecting too many pats on the back over there.

    "They're going to cop it everywhere they go. They've got to know that, they've got to accept that and understand that.

    "The team needs to as well, because that could also be something that could be unsettling for a team."

    The Aussies got a brief taste of the stick they might cop at the World Cup during their six-game limited-overs tour of the UK last year, with some fans at The Oval bringing '4' and '6' cards printed on yellow sandpaper into the ground, a crude reference to the foiled Cape Town ball-tampering plot.

    Smith and Warner weren't named to play in Australia's final World Cup tune-up in the UAE, an upcoming five-match series against Pakistan, despite their bans elapsing before the fourth ODI in Dubai.

    But it was confirmed this week that the pair will link up with the squad in the Middle East, ahead of their Indian Premier League stints, in which they'll turn out for Rajasthan Royals (Smith) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (Warner).

    Ponting, who lost just two of the 29 World Cup games in which he was captain, forecast that both may be taken aback by the level of animosity that accompanies their comebacks.

    And stressed that runs will be their best defence against it.

    "I think they are well equipped (to handle the scrutiny), but I think it could be a shock for them by the same token when they come back," Ponting said.

    "They have to expect the absolute worst and then anything better than that is going to be a bonus for them. That would be the way I would approach it if I was them.

    "But at the same time, the way they'll integrate themselves back in quickly and have some of the public helping them out, is for them to be scoring runs. If they’re scoring runs and the Australian cricket team is winning, it’ll be a whole lot easier.

    "If it’s the other way around and they're not scoring runs and the Australian team is losing, then it’s going to be hard.

    "That's where there's a great challenge there for all of us - not just for them, but for all of us coaches and everyone in that squad of 15 – there's going to be some great challenges but ones that I'm looking forward to."

    From a purely on-field perspective, the returns of Smith and Warner to the one-day side had looked like they could not come soon enough during the side’s recent run of losses.

    But Australia's recent performances in India, where they've followed two tight ODI defeats with a pair of clutch victories to set up a series decider on Wednesday, looks to have increased competition for batting spots in the World Cup squad of 15.

    Ponting has admitted concern over the way Australia have played spin in the middle overs during their barren recent stretch in ODI cricket, though the likes of Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell and even newcomer Ashton Turner have all thrived in the ongoing series against arguably the most potent spin attack in the world on their home turf.

    Warner and Smith's quality will be hard to ignore; between them, they have 22 ODI tons, the same number of hundreds Australia's entire squad in India have put together.

    But bedding down an effective game-plan to match it with the world's best while also reintegrating two players who will have missed 14 months of international cricket by the time their World Cup opener against Afghanistan arrives looms as one of Ponting's major challenges in new role.

    "If you look at the way the best teams go about it, (how) England and India go about it now, they tend to go particularly hard at the top of the order," Ponting said of Australia’s rivals.

    "England especially go really hard to a point where (only) if it gets to like a three or four for 50 then they'll have (Eoin) Morgan or even (Jos) Butler to come in the middle order and slow things down a little bit and keep wickets in hand. And then try and explode at the end again.

    "I haven't spoken in depth with Justin about that (strategy) yet, because we haven't been exactly sure about what our team line up is going to be. There's still a big question around Warner and Smith and do they come straight back in.

    "Until we know the answer to that, we don't know what our style of play is going to be, because you could have guys that are not quite as skilled … in those positions that those guys are going to bat in.

    "But once we know if those guys are coming back in, I’ve certainly got a pretty clear picture in my head of the way I’d like to see this team play through the World Cup."

    Australia's World Cup fixtures

    May 25: (warm-up) England v Australia, Southampton

    May 27: (warm-up) Australia v Sri Lanka, Southampton

    June 1: Afghanistan v Australia, Bristol (D/N)

    June 6: Australia v West Indies, Trent Bridge

    June 9: India v Australia, The Oval

    June 12: Australia v Pakistan, Taunton

    June 15: Sri Lanka v Australia, The Oval

    June 20: Australia v Bangladesh, Trent Bridge

    June 25: England v Australia, Lord's

    June 29: New Zealand v Australia, Lord's (D/N)

    July 6: Australia v South Africa, Old Trafford (D/N)

    July 9: Semi-Final 1, Old Trafford

    July 11: Semi-Final 2, Edgbaston

    July 14: Final, Lord's

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    hope Warner found his rhythm back before IPL starts.. he wasn't good other t20 leagues he's played in..


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    Quote Originally Posted by Usman Chadda View Post
    I have doubts about Smith and Warner getting selected for the World Cup.
    Warner is an absolute must, if he's in form Australia can definitely reach semis or even finals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Gomes View Post
    Warner is an absolute must, if he's in form Australia can definitely reach semis or even finals.
    Not entirely sure Australia will risk playing a bloke who last faced an international class bowling attack 14 months ago.

    Read Ponting's latest interview. There are second thoughts.

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    Senior players ‘to miss’ David Warner, Steve Smith ODI squad meeting

    Steve Smith and David Warner’s rendezvous with the Australian ODI squad will last just hours, and not include senior players.
    The suspended batsmen were on Tuesday revealed to be joining the squad this week in Dubai, where a meeting outlining team values and culture before Australia’s World Cup defence will be held.

    Now it’s understood that the meeting could last as little as half a day, and it will not include Test captain Tim Paine, vice captain Josh Hazlewood and senior fast bowler Mitchell Starc, cricket.com.au reported. Cameron Bancroft also won’t attend.

    Only the members of the current ODI squad will be present for Smith and Warner’s formal reintegration.

    Both Paine and Bancroft will be busy on Sheffield Shield duty, while Hazlewood (back) and Starc (pectoral) won’t travel as they continue their injury rehabilitation programs.

    Smith and Warner will then join their respective Indian Premier League franchises for the Twenty20 tournament that begins on March 23. Their ball-tampering suspensions end on March 29.

    Both players are on track to play in the IPL, and are expected to make full recoveries from their elbow injuries before the World Cup starts in late May.


    Warner is at the most advanced stage of his recovery, having returned to competitive cricket on the weekend with Sydney grade side Randwick-Petersham, going on to make a century.

    Smith has been confined to the nets and, for the first time on Tuesday, began to face fast bowling again.

    “The elbow feels really good. This was the first time I’ve faced fast bowling in the nets and it’s all coming along really nicely,” Smith told reporters at Drummoyne Oval on Tuesday, where he batted in the nets as his NSW teammates played Victoria.

    “I did some range hitting and I feel like I’ve got my full movement and range.

    “I strap the elbow up when I’m batting, but otherwise it’s all good, I’m out of the brace.

    “I’ve been in the nets a few times now facing the ‘wanger’ (ball thrower) and it’s all on track for me to play the first game of the IPL if I’m picked.

    “The plan is that I’ll gradually start throwing again during the IPL and I’ll be full tilt by the time the World Cup rolls around.”

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    Australia’s on-field and off-field plans for the World Cup will form the crux of a team meeting with Steve Smith and David Warner in Dubai.

    The incumbent ODI squad has landed in the UAE for their five-match series against Pakistan.

    Smith and Warner will soon briefly join the touring party during a stopover en route to their respective Indian Premier League franchises.

    It will mark the first time the disgraced duo, now serving the final fortnight of their year-long bans, have formally been part of the team environment since the Cape Town cheating scandal.

    “It’s the perfect opportunity to get us all together, to talk about some of our plans for the World Cup,” coach Justin Langer said.

    “Keep reiterating the messages about our gameplans on the field, keep reiterating the messages about what’s important for us as a group off the field. “Because they go hand in hand.

    “It’s going to be really good to see them. We’re all looking forward to catching up.”

    Langer and captain Aaron Finch have fostered a fantastic team culture in a short space of time, as reflected by Australia fighting back from 0-2 down to win their five-match series against India.

    Successfully managing Smith and Warner’s reintegration will be critical if Langer’s charges are to have the same dynamic at this year’s World Cup and Ashes.

    “This is just part of the process,” Langer said of the Dubai meetings. “What’s happened has happened.

    “We have to keep moving forward. We’ve had lots of conversations with the boys ... we keep talking about the World Cup coming up.”

    The visit will come while the ODI squad is enjoying a break from training. Smith and Warner’s returns have been carefully planned by Langer, Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts and interim team-performance boss Belinda Clark.

    Langer has previously noted it would be unfair on the team plus Smith and Warner if they just returned to the fold without any plan.

    Smith and Warner won’t hit the nets in Dubai.

    Their first training session in the green and gold after copping life-changing suspensions will come during a World Cup training camp in Brisbane in early May, provided there no hiccups in India.

    Allan Border Field will also be the scene of their returns for Australia, with Langer’s team set to face New Zealand in a couple of practice matches. Australia’s World Cup squad must be submitted by April 23, with Warner and Smith both fully expected to make the cut.


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    Suspended former leadership pair Steve Smith and David Warner have had their long-awaited meet-up with the Australia squad in Dubai, with both players suggesting the feeling upon their return was almost as if they never left.

    As the national squad enjoyed some downtime in the Emirates following an historic ODI series win against India, and ahead of the upcoming five-match ODI series with Pakistan, Smith and Warner flew in for a number of meetings with players and coaching staff.

    It is understood players had the opportunity to air any questions and issues with the pair, whose 12-month bans following the sandpaper scandal in South Africa are set to expire next week.

    "It's been awesome," said Warner. "It's like we didn't really leave, the boys were very accepting of us coming in and with open arms.

    "(There were) a lot of big hugs and cuddles. It's been great. It's good to see the spirit they're in after a great series win in India and I am obviously looking forward to watching them play against Pakistan here and hopefully they win that series as well."

    Smith noted the positive energy in a group that last week tasted its first ODI series win since January 2017, becoming the first-ever Australian side to overturn a nil-two deficit to win a five-match one-day series.

    Following the Cape Town scandal, Australian cricket also underwent an independent cultural review, one upshot being the aim towards a cultural shift in the men's national sides.

    During the meetings, Smith and Warner were further brought up to speed with the revised landscape of the national set-up under limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch and coach Justin Langer, who took over following Darren Lehmann's resignation in South Africa last March.

    "I guess it's just been going through the values that are instilled in the team at the moment and making sure we are on the right path looking forward to what's coming up; a huge World Cup and an Ashes series in England," Smith said.

    "It's pretty exciting times ahead for the team and just making sure everyone's on the right path and heading in the same direction."

    Warner echoed his former skipper's sentiment with regards to gaining an understanding of team values, pointing out the sizeable shift that has taken place in the pair's absence.

    "Making sure that we are aligned with the team values moving forward," the opening batsman said with regard to the meetings.

    "Obviously being out for 12 months there's been a big change, which is great, and it's about just accepting that and playing what our role in the team should be moving forward."

    Coach Langer was typically warm in his acceptance of the returning pair, Australia's best two batsmen in recent years and key figures in the two major upcoming assignments in the UK.

    "It's great to have them back in the team," the Western Australian said. "It's like two brothers coming home.

    "They have been received really well, we had a good night together last night and had some great meetings today so it's been really positive.

    "We set some values probably nine or 10 months ago with the team and then (in the meetings) we just had a look at how we are going with those values and how we can use our values and behaviours to keep moving the team forward on and off the field.

    "We talked about making Australians proud. We talked about great cricketers and great people, so this is just a really good opportunity with this time between the Indian series and the Pakistan series just to reset where we are at and reassess where we are at and I think it's been a really worthwhile exercise.

    "As a coach when you have got two guys with as many runs and experience as they've got coming back into a team that's playing well, that's very exciting."

    The pair is now set to head to India for the upcoming Indian Premier League, which begins on March 24.

    Warner returned from an elbow injury via Premier Cricket last week and is expected to feature in Sunrisers Hyderabad's first game, while Smith is further behind in his recovery from elbow surgery and as such, his return date with Rajasthan Royals remains unclear.

    "I love playing in India," Smith added. "The IPL's a terrific tournament and the elbow is tracking really well.

    "I've been batting for the last two weeks and (am) able to play all shots, got my power back, so I am tracking really well and I'm just excited to play again."

    Australia's first ODI against Pakistan is on March 22 in Sharjah.

    Qantas Tour of the UAE

    First ODI: v Pakistan, March 22 in Sharjah

    Second ODI: v Pakistan, March 24 in Sharjah

    Third ODI: v Pakistan, March 27 in Abu Dhabi

    Fourth ODI: v Pakistan, March 29 in Dubai

    Fifth ODI: v Pakistan, March 31 in Dubai

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    'Smith, Warner have to prove themselves again' – Ricky Ponting

    Ricky Ponting, the former captain who will take up a role as consultant for Australia at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019, said that Steve Smith and David Warner will have to earn their places back in the side.

    Until a month ago, Australia seemed like they desperately needed Smith and Warner back in the side to bolster their batting fortunes, and had gone over a year without winning a one-day international series.

    However, recently, the likes of Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb and Ashton Turner proved their worth in the ODIs in India to win their side a come-from-behind 3-2 victory. They ensured there would be competition for places among the batsmen.

    Warner and Smith, who complete their respective 12-month suspensions on March 29, are the undisputed best batsmen in the team. But with others doing well in their absence, the two will have to make their way back into the team on the weight of runs and not mere reputation.

    "They still have to prove they are the best players, especially on the back of what has happened in the recent ODIs against India," Ponting said in an interview with the Times of India. "Those guys have not played any high-level cricket for a long time. IPL becomes really important for them."

    Ponting said there was plenty of depth in the Australian side, and that after the triumph against India, the team should be considered as serious contenders for the World Cup.

    "If it's Warner, Smith, Khawaja, (Aaron) Finch, (Glenn) Maxwell, Turner, (Adam) Zampa, (Mitchell) Starc, (Pat) Cummins and (Josh) Hazlewood ... it ends up being a pretty amazing line-up as well, with Nathan Lyon as the second spinner," said Ponting.

    "There's great depth there. Two weeks ago, not many would have been talking about Australia as Cup contenders. Now, all of a sudden, they're right back in the calculations."

    That said, Ponting thinks India have a good claim as favourites to win the coveted trophy, provided that Virat Kohli, their captain, has a good tournament.

    "Virat's ODI record ... is unbelievable," he said. "That's why I feel India are a very dangerous side. If Virat has a good World Cup, India will win.

    "His numbers show that he is the best. How old is he? Maybe 30, and he is going to play another 200 games. I don't think there will be many people who are going to argue against him being the best."

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    85 from 53 today from Warner.

    Welcome back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by freelance_cricketer View Post
    85 from 53 today from Warner.

    Welcome back!
    It's T20.

    If I was Aus selector I would think very carefully selecting them for the World Cup. The abuse these two will face from the crowds in England will be huge. Australia are playing well atm, these two returning could ruin it for them.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    It's T20.

    If I was Aus selector I would think very carefully selecting them for the World Cup. The abuse these two will face from the crowds in England will be huge. Australia are playing well atm, these two returning could ruin it for them.
    So they will be used to it in time for the more important Ashes series.


    Quote Originally Posted by Saqs on Steve Smith
    And who taught him to bat? Chris Martin? Is he the Australian equivalent of ....wait, I'm struggling to think of another useless player of his calibre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Convict View Post
    So they will be used to it in time for the more important Ashes series.
    What do you reckon mate? If the two hahe a good IPL would you take them to CWC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freelance_cricketer View Post
    What do you reckon mate? If the two hahe a good IPL would you take them to CWC.
    Smith and Warner are clearly Australia's two best batsmen.

    If they are fit they play.


    Quote Originally Posted by Saqs on Steve Smith
    And who taught him to bat? Chris Martin? Is he the Australian equivalent of ....wait, I'm struggling to think of another useless player of his calibre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Convict View Post
    Smith and Warner are clearly Australia's two best batsmen.

    If they are fit they play.
    So they are going to the WC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    So they are going to the WC?
    If the selectors have any brains.

    They need to be integrated in the team for the Ashes which means that they need to play in the World Cup.


    Quote Originally Posted by Saqs on Steve Smith
    And who taught him to bat? Chris Martin? Is he the Australian equivalent of ....wait, I'm struggling to think of another useless player of his calibre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Convict View Post
    If the selectors have any brains.

    They need to be integrated in the team for the Ashes which means that they need to play in the World Cup.
    I think both will play at the WC.

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    Aussie top 4:

    Warner
    Finch
    Khwaja
    Smith

    Can't write these guys off.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Aussie top 4:

    Warner
    Finch
    Khwaja
    Smith

    Can't write these guys off.
    Wow. I can see a World Cup win, right there.

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    The Aussie batting is quality and filled with match winners. Players who will rise in a tense semi final or final and smash the living daylights of the opposition to seal the match.

    Their bowling also will like to bowl in England.

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    Australia to confront past as ball-tampering bans expire

    MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Steve Smith and David Warner may wake with some relief on Thursday as they greet the final day of their ball-tampering bans but the anniversary of their humiliation will otherwise be a sombre milestone for Australia's cricket fans.

    Much has changed since Cricket Australia slapped former captain Smith and his deputy Warner with 12-month suspensions for the Cape Town scandal, while giving Cameron Bancroft a lighter nine-month sentence as the rookie opener caught up in a plot driven by others.

    Captains, coaches and a string of senior cricket executives have left or been sent packing, their replacements pledging to win back fans with fair play as much as series wins and silverware.

    Bancroft, the man who hastily trousered a piece of sandpaper in the Newlands field to try to hide his team's shame, has been named captain of English county side Durham, three months after fingering Warner as the ball-tampering mastermind in a TV interview in December.

    The more circumspect Warner has largely kept his counsel while returning to one of cricket's biggest stages at the Indian Premier League, smashing 85 in a 53-ball blitz in his first outing for Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday.

    Smith also returned to the IPL spotlight in defeat for the Rajasthan Royals, joining Warner on a mission to reclaim a spot in the one-day international team he once captained in the leadup to the showpiece World Cup in England.

    Efforts to smooth the pair's rehabilitation have been in train for months, and culminated in a reunion with Aaron Finch's squad in the United Arab Emirates a week-and-a-half ago.

    "There were a lot of big hugs and cuddles," Warner said in a curated video published by Cricket Australia. "It's like we didn't really leave, the boys were very accepting of us coming in and with open arms."

    Pundits have questioned whether all is really forgiven in a playing group who were left to rebuild Australia's shattered brand and absorb a series of humbling defeats without two of their best batsmen.

    Yet none of the players have expressed reservations and many have argued Smith and Warner have "done their time".

    "It'd be silly not to use them," Finch said of the pair who boast over 200 matches and 22 centuries between them in one-day internationals.

    Smith and Warner's former team mates may have already moved on but fans the world over have not forgotten Cape Town.

    Sections of the Jaipur crowd jeered Smith when he played for Rajasthan on Monday, and he and Warner can expect heat from English crowds should they play at the World Cup.

    The hyper-aggressive teams they once led now have a very different timbre.

    The ugly verbal attacks and off-field confrontation that blighted the South Africa test series have disappeared, with Paine-led Australia hosting test series against India and Sri Lanka in good spirit over the home summer.

    Governing body Cricket Australia (CA) was also shaken by Cape Town, with a slew of executives leaving or shown the door after a scathing cultural review.

    New CA boss Kevin Roberts has treaded carefully since taking over from long-serving CEO James Sutherland in October, while trying to shift Australia's focus forward rather than backward.

    "It was a year on Sunday since the shattering events of Cape Town. The public outcry was really confronting, but it also reinforced how much the game means to so many people," Roberts said in an emailed statement to Reuters on Wednesday.

    "In relation to Australia's men's and women's teams, our goal will always be to win, but we now have a non-negotiable expectation to compete with respect and strive to win with honour."

    With the one-day World Cup starting end May and the Ashes in August, winning may be Australia's best hope of banishing the ghosts of Newlands, with or without the help of Smith and Warner.

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    Smith haven't got many opportunities yet in the IPL

    Warner has been on FIRE!

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    David Warner's "free-flowing adrenaline" has almost certainly booked his World Cup spot, but has left Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh facing a nervous wait.

    Warner's return to prime-time cricket continued amid a blaze of boundaries and sixes in the Indian Premier League on Friday night when he helped his Sunrisers Hyderabad to victory over Steve Smith's Rajasthan Royals.

    The former Australian vice-captain added to his 85 from the Sunrisers' opening game with a brutal 69 off 37 balls against the Royals, fulfilling the national selectors' request for him to quickly rediscover his groove if he wanted to be picked for the World Cup.

    His latest knock came just hours after his year-long Cricket Australia-imposed ban from international and first-class cricket expired.

    "It's great to have that free-flowing adrenaline. It's been a long time coming. I love playing in front of this crowd," Warner said in Hyderabad.

    It's been a long time coming. I love playing in front of this crowd.

    David Warner, Australian cricketer
    Smith did not get to bat but he and Warner are expected to be chosen in the 15-man World Cup squad, with selectors to begin debating that this week. The squad must be lodged with the ICC by April 23.

    Former Australian coach and selector Darren Lehmann has Smith and Warner in his squad but has squeezed out Marsh, who arguably was Australia's best ODI batsman last year but has struggled in recent times outside of his unbeaten 91 against Pakistan in Sharjah last week.

    Lehmann said on Fox Cricket on Saturday power hitting would be pivotal through the World Cup on the small English grounds in June and this meant there was no room for strokemaker Marsh, with Peter Handscomb and blasters D'Arcy Short and Ashton Turner preferred ahead of him.

    Short was put on standby for Marsh on the recent ODI tour of India but did not play and returned home, while Turner played in two Twenty20 internationals and three ODIs against India but was not used in the opening four games against Pakistan, with that series finishing on Sunday.

    "Shaun Marsh is pretty unlucky there, he is very unlucky. I know he has made a few hundreds but I just thought with Smith coming back in, you have got Khawaja ... I think you are going to need some power. I think there are going to be big scores, 350 – you are going to need big totals," Lehmann said.

    Khawaja, having been elevated into an opening role alongside skipper Aaron Finch, was a stand-out in India (383 runs at 76.6) and has maintained his controlled form and temperament against Pakistan (174 at 43.5).

    The selectors will have a tough debate as to whether the emerging partnership between Finch and Khawaja should be retained or whether the dashing Warner should automatically return to the top of the order.

    Veteran fast bowler Peter Siddle, a key figure in the Australian dressing room this summer despite not playing a Test, said there was no reason why Smith and Warner would not make a smooth return. Just how they assimilate with teammates, particularly the fast bowlers after the events of Cape Town, will be an intriguing aside.

    "I think they will fit back in fine when they come back in. Personally, I can't see there being a problem but I don't know if there are any lasting effects from what went on or anything like that," Siddle said.

    "From my point of view, it's done and dusted now. Let them go about their cricket and, hopefully, they are in there (team) sooner rather than later and can get back to their best. We know that they are world-class players."

    Siddle said he expected Smith and Warner to be able to adjust to not having an official leadership title.

    "I don't think it's going to make any difference for them. I think the way that they led as young guys before they had any captain and vice-captain title, was they went about their business, they fought hard for Australia, they make runs. That's all they have to do," he said.

    "They don't have to do anything more than that, just go out there and try and score runs. They don't have to try any harder now when they come back ...they are going to be vital to Australia being a successful nation.

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    Warner is a must in that line-up. He is a match winner.

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    Fitting the disgraced duo of Steve Smith and David Warner into Australia's World Cup squad will be "bloody hard" given the side's resurgence without them, according to captain Aaron Finch.

    Both Smith and Warner are eligible to return to the national side after their 12-month suspensions for ball-tampering ended on Thursday.

    Australia beat Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in their five-match ODI series, and have now won six matches in succession after coming back to defeat India 3-2 away.

    Finch said it would be tough for selectors to decide who to leave out of the 15-man squad for the World Cup in England, which runs from May 30 to July 14.

    "It is bloody hard," he said.

    "Especially when the side is playing so well, it's going to be difficult. No matter who it is.

    "At the end of the day... it's an incredibly tough decision. Whatever balance you go with in that 15-man squad, there's going to be some very unlucky blokes out there."

    One could be Usman Khawaja, formerly a fringe member of the one-day side, who has flourished opening the batting with Finch since his recall in January, with 609 runs at an average of 55.36.

    The left-hander could make way for Warner, who has scored more than 4,300 one-day runs and 14 centuries, in an explosive opening combination with Finch.

    Smith, who has only just returned from elbow surgery, would complement a middle order of Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb, with all-rounders Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell providing power-hitting through the lower-middle order.

    Having struggled for a period without Smith and Warner, Finch's side have shown the kind of form that propelled them to a fifth World Cup title four years ago on home soil.

    Finch said consistency of selection had aided their turnaround.

    "The fact that guys are getting more of an opportunity to keep developing their role, and developing the role they've been asked to play or the game demands, is gold," he said.

    "That probably goes under the radar a little bit when you're looking at teams that have been successful in the past.

    "I think leading up to the 2015 World Cup, we'd had the same 15 players for a good 18 months or so.

    "That goes a long way, not just to your culture but just an understanding of how each other plays."

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    Superstar pair Steve Smith and David Warner took part in their first nets session with an Australia squad in more than 13 months on Sunday, as Justin Langer's squad continued honing their World Cup preparations in Brisbane.

    Smith was on hand for the first time at the World Cup camp, having been restricted to the team hotel on Friday and Saturday owing to a virus.

    Warner, too, had been only a peripheral figure in Friday's session, before missing Saturday's practice with a virus also.

    Both batsmen have played Indian Premier League matches in the past week and there was zero sign of cobwebs as they engaged in a lively afternoon nets session at Allan Border Field.

    Displaying his habitual fidgety idiosyncrasies, Smith faced up to the spin of Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon in a pair of borrowed pads, then switched nets to face up to pace trio Mitchell Starc, Sean Abbott and Michael Neser.

    The right-hander was at-times scratchy but there were also hints of his genius, particularly from one Abbott delivery that he dispatched through midwicket with the sort of ease that made him the world's best Test batsman prior to his suspension.

    Starc's swing and pace proved a handful on occasion for the 29-year-old though, with the left-arm quick finding his rhythm – just as he had in Friday's session – in what must loom as an ominous sign for the Afghans, who Australia will face in their World Cup opener on June 1.

    Warner, who has been in devastating touch in the IPL, contented himself facing throw-downs and spin, playing the ball straight regularly and with customary conviction.

    Both batsmen are expected to take part in this week's three warm-up matches against New Zealand, beginning on Monday, and allrounder Glenn Maxwell said he foresaw no issue with their re-assimilation into the starting XI.

    "I assume (they will play on Monday)," Maxwell said. "They have been sick the last couple of days so, hopefully, they are up and running.

    "And they are both superstars. I watched both of them go about it (in IPL) and they were both absolutely brilliant over there.

    "There will be no worries about them coming back into the team."

    Warner left the IPL as the tournament's leading run-scorer, the opening batsman having piled on 692 runs with Sunrisers Hyderabad after missing the 2018 edition of the tournament following the ball-tampering scandal.

    From 12 innings, the 32-year-old hit a remarkable eight fifties and one century.

    "You look at (Warner's) stats over there (in India) and what he has done for Hyderabad, I think he has scored more than 500 runs every time he has been over there, which is amazing consistency," Maxwell said.

    "Hopefully, that continues with the one-day stuff for us."

    Smith too, was absent in 2018 but showed impressive touch with Rajasthan Royals this time around, hitting three half-centuries amid 319 runs to currently be in the tournament's top 20 run-scorers.

    Australia's three matches against the Black Caps are at Brisbane's Allan Border Field on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and each begins at 9.30am AEST. There will be no live stream of the games but extensive highlights will be available on cricket.com.au.

    2019 World Cup

    Australia's squad: 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

    May 25: (warm-up) England v Australia, Southampton

    May 27: (warm-up) Australia v Sri Lanka, Southampton

    June 1: Afghanistan v Australia, Bristol (D/N)

    June 6: Australia v West Indies, Trent Bridge

    June 9: India v Australia, The Oval

    June 12: Australia v Pakistan, Taunton

    June 15: Sri Lanka v Australia, The Oval

    June 20: Australia v Bangladesh, Trent Bridge

    June 25: England v Australia, Lord's

    June 29: New Zealand v Australia, Lord's (D/N)

    July 6: Australia v South Africa, Old Trafford (D/N)

    July 9: Semi-Final 1, Old Trafford

    July 11: Semi-Final 2, Edgbaston

    July 14: Final, Lord's

    https://www.cricket.com.au/news/stev...ion/2019-05-05



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    Smith and Warner return as Aussies avoid black day

    David Warner and Steve Smith may not have delivered the big innings they had craved but they reinforced why they will be central planks to Australia's World Cup defence in their successful returns from suspension in a practice match in Brisbane on Monday.

    Warner, in the unfamiliar role at No.3, made 39 off 43 balls and Smith, in his customary No.4 slot, made 22 off 43 balls and helped Australia chase down 216 in 48.2 overs and claim an unimpressive one-wicket win over a second-string New Zealand side at Allan Border Field.

    In the 12-a-side contest, in which the visitors had only five of their World Cup squad members playing, Smith also took a lunging right-handed catch but has learnt to roll the right way so as to avoid inflaming his surgically repaired elbow.

    This was the first time the former Australian captain and vice-captain had represented their country since they were each handed a year-long ban for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town in March last year.

    Any fears of a hostile response from a crowd of more than 1100 were allayed when they were each given warm ovations, whether that be when fielding or later when heading out to bat or leaving the field. One fan yelled out: "Welcome back, Smithy".

    Fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile said Warner and Smith had "fitted in really well" and their experience in the field had been beneficial.

    "I know they have both held leadership roles. I think even if they hadn't and they had played as much cricket as they had, they would still have that role to play," he said.

    "They have played so much cricket ... they read the game so well. Having Steve Smith or David Warner standing at mid on and mid off having a chat is just invaluable."

    Warner came to the crease for the fifth ball of the innings, after Usman Khawaja had been bowled by paceman Matt Henry. Perhaps befitting the occasion, he made a nervous start, his first stroke just falling short of gully, while he should have been out in the next over having not scored when grassed by Daryl Mitchell at gully off Henry.

    When he pulled veteran medium-pacer Doug Bracewell over wide long for six, the man known as the "The Bull", and one who had mauled a league-leading 692 runs in his 12 Indian Premier League innings, had regained his mojo.

    It was a point of intrigue as to why he was at No.3. After all, he hadn't been used there in 106 one-day internationals. Only once had he not opened an innings – coming in at No.5 in a quick run chase against Scotland in the 2015 World Cup when Michael Clarke replaced him at the top of the order.

    Khawaja and skipper Aaron Finch had deserved to open, for they had been in superb touch together during Australia's eight-game winning streak over India and Pakistan.

    Perhaps it was also a subliminal message to Warner that he wouldn't automatically command his spot back, no matter how good he is, and how vital he is to the World Cup defence.

    Coach-selector Justin Langer had spoken days earlier of how Warner and Smith had needed to show humility.

    It has also been pointed out that this is just a warm-up match, with two more to come - on Wednesday and Friday – and it's about all players spending time in the middle. Warner was able to do that. Twice more he crunched Bracewell through mid-wicket, and there was a sublime front-foot cover drive, as he and Finch put on 50 off 61 balls, chasing 226 for victory.

    Just as his own half-century beckoned, however, he fell off a mistimed reverse sweep off spinner Todd Astle. But he had done enough to regain his groove, and to feel comfortable once again. He exchanged a few words with Smith as one made his way to the crease and the other departed.

    Smith's first scoring shot was off an inside edge but he quickly found his touch. His fidgety persona was on full display when cutting or pulling and there was a delightful straight drive.

    He fell caught behind off Henry playing away from his body but his knock did nothing to suggest he has slipped as one of the game's premier batsmen.

    Finch contributed 52 off 64 balls but his dismissal, leaving Australia 2-122, sparked a collapse. The home side was soon 6-154 when Marcus Stoinis (15) and Shaun Marsh (15) fell within a run of each other but Coulter-Nile (34) , Adam Zampa (11 not out) and Jason Behrendorff (7 not out) avoided an embarrassing defeat in near darkness.

    Fast bowlers Pat Cummins (3-36 off eight overs), Behrendorff (3-34) and Coulter-Nile (3-44) all impressed.

    Australia XI: Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa.

    New Zealand XI: George Worker, Henry Nicholls, Will Young, Tom Blundell, Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, Daryl Mitchell, Todd Astle, Doug Bracewell, Matt Henry, Hamish Bennett.

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    Australia's home-based World Cup preparations ended on an encouraging high note as they claimed a five-wicket victory (DLS method) over a depleted New Zealand at Brisbane's Allan Border Field on Friday.

    For the second time in as many matches, Steve Smith (91no off 108) and Glenn Maxwell (70 from 48) were the star batting turns for the hosts, putting together the key partnership of 104 (91 balls) in Australia's pursuit of 287, although the former skipper also provided the most alarming moment of the day when he appeared to aggravate his still-recovering elbow while running a single.

    Pat Cummins returned to a side that was captained by Alex Carey in the absence of a rested Aaron Finch, and the Blues speedster nabbed 4-32 from eight overs in a nice tune-up ahead of another three UK-based warm-up matches leading into Australia's June 1 tournament opener.

    Mitchell Starc (1-35) impressed for the second time in three days, finding swing and pace, and getting through eight overs in an encouraging showing.

    The Kiwis' total of 9-286 was built around performances from the now familiar faces of Will Young, who scored his second-straight century against the Aussies, and George Worker (59), while Jimmy Neesham put together an impressive cameo of 39 from 27 before a late collapse of 5-23 restricted a total that at one point looked certain to top 300.

    Despite not being part of the Black Caps' World Cup squad due to upcoming shoulder surgery, and without an ODI cap to his name, Young has been the dominant batsman of the series, posting scores of 60, 130 and today 111 (108 balls).

    And while this week-long warm-up series at Allan Border Field is unofficial, it is worth noting that the right-hander's overall tally of not far short of the New Zealand record for a three-match ODI series (held by Martin Guptill – 330 against England in 2013).

    David Warner's unhappy return to the opening slot continued when he was caught behind from the bowling of Matt Henry for two early in the run chase, and when Usman Khawaja (23), Shaun Marsh (32) and Marcus Stoinis (15) all came and went without making telling contributions, it was left to Smith and Maxwell to do the business with Australia at a precarious 4-137.

    Just as had happened on Wednesday, the duo settled into a steady partnership, accumulating runs almost at will as grey clouds began to hover above Allan Border Field.

    Smith was untroubled in making it consecutive fifties for the series as he returned to his run-making ways (202 for the series for once out), but the moment of most interest occurred in the 32nd over.

    The 29-year-old was on 63 when he guided the ball towards short third man, took off for a single and scampered desperately to make his ground, unaware there was no threat from the fielder.

    His outstretched bat dug into the turf on the edge of the wicket and appeared to jar his right elbow – the joint which underwent surgery earlier this year.

    He spent a minute or so stretching and inspecting it, and was clearly in some discomfort, though he chose to bat on. When drinks were called after the following over, team doctor Richard Saw added some extra strapping to the region and Smith was given the all clear to press on with his innings.

    As the shadows grew across the outfield, it was Maxwell who moved the attention squarely back to him courtesy of a series of brutally struck fours and sixes on the leg side.

    The right-hander needed only 37 deliveries to fly to a second-straight half-century, after which he immediately unleashed a remarkable switch-hit six over what had a split-second earlier been deep cover point.

    He continued his assault but as the light began to falter, he was out 45 runs short of Australia's target.

    Minutes later, with 44 overs bowled and Carey (six not out) in the middle, the umpires offered both captains the option to end the match early in what had become near-darkness, and with Australia ahead on the DLS-method, they claimed victory at the end of a evenly-fought week of action between the two sides.

    Australia XI: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (c, wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa

    New Zealand XI: Hamish Rutherford, George Worker, Will Young, Tom Blundell, Tom Latham (c, wk), Jimmy Neesham, Daryl Mitchell, Will Somerville, Matt Henry, Seth Rance, Blair Tickner

    2019 World Cup

    Australia's squad: Aaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa

    May 25: (warm-up) England v Australia, Southampton

    May 27: (warm-up) Australia v Sri Lanka, Southampton

    June 1: Afghanistan v Australia, Bristol (D/N)

    June 6: Australia v West Indies, Trent Bridge

    June 9: India v Australia, The Oval

    June 12: Australia v Pakistan, Taunton

    June 15: Sri Lanka v Australia, The Oval

    June 20: Australia v Bangladesh, Trent Bridge

    June 25: England v Australia, Lord's

    June 29: New Zealand v Australia, Lord's (D/N)

    July 6: Australia v South Africa, Old Trafford (D/N)

    July 9: Semi-Final 1, Old Trafford

    July 11: Semi-Final 2, Edgbaston

    July 14: Final, Lord's

    https://www.cricket.com.au/news/toss...ner/2019-05-10


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    There is so much riding on the returns of Steve Smith and David Warner it’s not funny.

    This past week saw the release of a wafer-thin 2019-20 Australian summer cricket schedule, highlighted – or lowlighted – by the 65-day absence of any action involving the Australian men’s team on home soil between January 7 and March 13. Smack bang in the middle of summer, during the part of the school holidays where families have finished their Christmas and new year commitments, and have time on their hands, our team is being dragged to India.

    We’ll be left with night after night of the "Mid-size Bash".

    Cricket Australia is powerless to take on the might of India in the boardroom. The subcontinent financial giants demanded a meaningless one-day series against them, in India, be played in January. Wow.

    CA needs their money so badly they can’t upset them. Instead, Australian fans have been upset. At least they will be upset when they fully comprehend it, which will be when the footy ends and they start asking which cricket teams are touring this summer.

    Before the Aussies jet out to India, they will play two Tests against Pakistan – yes, only two – and three against the Kiwis, who have been promoted as a last-man standing of sorts into the prime summer slot, complete with Boxing Day and Sydney New Year’s Tests.

    It will be only the fourth time in history the Kiwis have played a Test at the MCG and their first Boxing Day Test since 1987. They usually shuffle in and out early in the summer before a bigger gun turns up.

    In good news, there will be two day-night Tests: one against Pakistan in Adelaide and one against the Kiwis in Perth (with an 11pm AEST finish each night).

    Before those series, there are two three-match T20 series to kick things off – one against Sri Lanka and one against Pakistan. A three-match one-day series against New Zealand will then take place on March 13, 15 and 20.

    When? Yes, in mid-March when the footy kicks off. And they are the only one-dayers in Australia this summer. Three.

    Fox Sports has exclusive rights to the ODIs. How its executives took the news that their exclusive cricketing content is up against the start of the footy on which Fox thrives is anyone’s guess.

    All of this puts enormous pressure on the “reunited” Australian team to engage the public ahead of next summer. Last summer, with Smith and Warner suspended, crowds for the Test series against India were barely a pass mark.

    The formerly banned pair are now available, but before that there are the small matters of the World Cup and the Ashes, both in the UK.

    If Smith and Warner fire, all will be forgiven. We love a redemption story.

    But, if either or both fail and Australia bombs at the World Cup and loses yet another Ashes series in England, where we have not won since 2001, the heat will seriously be on.

    We got the smallest of taste of what might be ahead six days ago.

    Monday was the Labor Day public holiday in Queensland, so a small crowd of 1200 turned up at Allan Border Field to watch the pair turn out for Australia in a friendly against the Kiwis. Warner’s walk to the crease was met with warm applause. No boos. No angst. Smith's welcome was even warmer. Many stood and applauded.

    Admittedly, to turn up you had to be a cricket tragic, so the crowd might be slightly skewed. But it does demonstrate cricket fans are in the mood to forgive. They’ll be even more forgiving if Smith and Warner peel off some runs and Australia at least makes a run at the World Cup and wins the Ashes.

    To do that, they’ll have to withstand a barrage from the UK sporting public. They will cop it, and they know it. Everyone in the team knows it. Everyone in the UK knows it.

    At some stage there will be a flashpoint, and it will be at that moment the pair must choose the right sliding door. They picked the wrong one in Cape Town and can never choose the wrong one again.

    How they handle the barrage, on and off the field, will define their legacies and their futures for Australia. And define Australia’s immediate cricket future. Get it wrong and it will be a short, hot summer.

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    Former Australia coach Darren Lehmann expects Steve Smith and David Warner to slot straight back into the national side and make a big impact at the World Cup.

    Smith hasn't played an official ODI for Australia since January last year, but showed glimpses of his best during the recent World Cup warm-up matches against a New Zealand XI in Brisbane.

    The former Australia captain batted at No.4 against the Kiwis at Allan Border Field, finishing with scores of 22, 89no and 91no from three knocks ahead of the start of the World Cup in England and Wales later this month.

    While Warner failed to make a huge impact against the New Zealand XI, he was in scintillating touch in this year’s Indian Premier League and finished the tournament as the leading run-scorer with 692 runs from 12 innings.

    Those recent performances have left no doubt in Lehmann’s mind that the experienced duo can play a big role in helping Australia retain the World Cup title they won on home soil in 2015.

    "He (Smith) will be exceptional at the World Cup," Lehmann told Macquarie Sports Radio.

    "People are worried about the break they have had with 12 months out, but you see them in the IPL performing and making runs.

    "David Warner is an excitement machine, at the top of the order he can set it alight.

    "If he has a really good tournament, he set us on the road to winning a lot of games like he did at the (2015) World Cup with Aaron Finch, they'll be hard to stop."

    While Lehmann believes Australia are as good a chance as any country to claim the World Cup title, he thinks there are a handful of other sides in the mix should they perform to the best of their ability.

    Lehmann nominated India, Pakistan, New Zealand, South Africa and the West Indies as teams with a chance of holding the trophy aloft and said England are a big chance to win a first World Cup title if they can handle the pressure of playing the tournament on home soil.

    "The challenge for England is they are at home," Lehmann noted.

    "It's going to be a big challenge... (with) bigger expectations and they are the No.1 team in the world.

    "But they are No.1 for a reason and play a bold brand of cricket.

    "(They have) copied what we did at the last World Cup, they take the game on and they've taken it to a new level by scoring 400 quite consistently."

    2019 World Cup

    Australia's squad: Aaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa

    May 22: (warm-up) Australia v West Indies, Southampton

    May 25: (warm-up) England v Australia, Southampton

    May 27: (warm-up) Australia v Sri Lanka, Southampton

    June 1: Afghanistan v Australia, Bristol (D/N)

    June 6: Australia v West Indies, Trent Bridge

    June 9: India v Australia, The Oval

    June 12: Australia v Pakistan, Taunton

    June 15: Sri Lanka v Australia, The Oval

    June 20: Australia v Bangladesh, Trent Bridge

    June 25: England v Australia, Lord's

    June 29: New Zealand v Australia, Lord's (D/N)

    July 6: Australia v South Africa, Old Trafford (D/N)

    July 9: Semi-Final 1, Old Trafford

    July 11: Semi-Final 2, Edgbaston

    July 14: Final, Lord's

    https://www.cricket.com.au/news/darr...lia/2019-05-14


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    https://www.cricketworldcup.com/news/en/1222972

    Australia head coach Justin Langer was delighted with Steve Smith's progress ahead of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 and called him the key to their success at the tournament.

    Smith scored 89* and 91* in the warm-up games in Brisbane against a New Zealand XI, and Langer said that it was good to have him back.

    "[I] watched Steve Smith batting against New Zealand in those three practice games, he's literally a master of the game, so it's nice to have him back," Langer told reporters in London. "He loves batting – he's shadow batting on the sand, he's shadow batting in the shower – I’m not joking."

    Langer was so impressed with one of the shots that Smith played that he likened him to Sachin Tendulkar. "Last week in Brisbane, [Smith] batted beautifully, he played an unbelievable shot off Nathan Coulter-Nile there - it was like watching Sachin bat. He's in pretty good shape I think," he said.

    Although the 2019 World Cup is expected to be high-scoring, Langer felt that Australia’s bowlers would be critical to the team’s success. The ongoing one-day series between England and Pakistan has given a preview of things to come at the World Cup, with even scores in excess of 350 not proving to be safe.

    "There's a lot of talk about batting now in white-ball cricket, but our bowling is absolutely critical," Langer said. "In T20, it's absolutely critical and the same in ODI cricket. You're going to have a pretty thick skin to do well in international cricket, particularly on the flatter wickets and the fast outfields and the big squares we play on in England.

    "They're going to have to have thick skin, but they're physically and mentally tough, and they'll be ready for it."

    Langer also said that Australia are aware of what has given them success in the past and will continue to do the same. Australia are the defending champions and have won the World Cup four times in the last five editions, beginning in 1999.

    "When everyone says we've got to start playing like England or start playing like New Zealand or start playing like India, no - we'll keep playing like Australia because we've won four of the past five World Cups and that's something to be proud of. The boys are aware of it and we know if we stick to the Australian way of playing great cricket... history has shown we'll be pretty good."

    Australia will play two warm-up games, against England on 25 May and against Sri Lanka on 27 May, before their opening World Cup game, against Afghanistan on 1 June in Bristol.


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    Ponting's delight at Smith progress

    Steve Smith is hitting top gear at the perfect time in Australia's World Cup build-up, as assistant coach Ricky Ponting revealed the former skipper is no longer inhibited by his elbow injury.

    Following an Indian Premier League where he averaged 40 despite feeling the lingering effects of elbow surgery, Smith has found his groove in a series of impressive knocks for Australia.

    The right-hander who was the world's No.1 Test batsman when his 12-month ban begun cracked scores of 89 and 91, both unbeaten, in World Cup warm-ups against New Zealand earlier this month, before transferring his form overseas with a match-winning 76 against the West Indies in Southampton on Wednesday.

    Smith even bowled a couple of overs on the small Nursery Ground in a sure sign his elbow, which he currently straps up for batting but not for bowling or fielding, is in good shape.

    "I had a good chat to him in India," said Ponting, who coached the Delhi Capitals in the recent IPL and has now joined Australia's support staff for the World Cup.

    "As well as he played in a few of the games over there he still felt he probably wasn't physically 100 per cent.

    "But you talk to him now and he feels he's physically 100 per cent.

    "He's hitting the ball in the areas he wants to hit the ball and you saw today he's hitting the ball cleanly and hard and moving well, which is a great sign.

    "From what I've seen with those two guys (Smith and David Warner), they've slotted back in beautifully and they're the same people as they were around the group before they left."

    The postage stamp ground was expected to provide a six-hitting clinic, but at times threw up a bruising tune-up for batsmen.

    Usman Khawaja had to retire hurt when Andre Russell got a short ball to rear violently, while Warner was undone for 12 off another lifting short ball from livewire quick Oshane Thomas.

    But Smith was unruffled, sending his second ball sailing way over third man's head for six, before finding his timing expertly with a series of back-foot cuts.

    "Best seat in the house," Shaun Marsh, who shared in a 109-run partnership with Smith, said of his vantage point.

    "He has gone fantastically since he come back in good to see him score some runs no doubt he's ready for a big tournament … He has come back and scored some runs like he always does."

    There was no hostile reception for Smith, or Warner, from the smattering of spectators who came to watch them at Hampshire's secondary ground on Wednesday, though Australia have said they're braced for a more colourful reaction when the tournament starts proper.

    An official practice match against England on Southampton's main ground, the Rose Bowl, on Saturday could provide their first taste of it.

    Of more immediate concern to Ponting and head coach Justin Langer is settling on their best top-order combination, after Warner was again inserted in at the No.3 position on Wednesday.

    With scans on Khawaja's jaw coming back clear and Marsh sending a timely reminder of his class with a fluent half-century against the Windies, Australia will have a big decision to make for their World Cup opener against Afghanistan on June 1.

    Langer has said the squeeze is a good problem to have, while Ponting was coy when asked about the Warner at first-drop experiment, saying "it might happen, it might not".

    "Justin's trying guys in different places now," the three-time World Cup winner continued. "It just keeps them on their toes a little bit and it probably keeps the other teams just wondering what Australia is going to do with their line-up as well.

    "I wouldn't read too much into what's happened here today (with Warner batting at three). Come the next game there's every chance Davey is back at the top of the order.

    "One of the really pleasing things with the side is you've got competition for spots. Is Khawaja No.3? Is Marsh No.3? Is Khawaja opening? Is Warner opening?

    "It's good healthy competition among the guys, it keeps them on their toes and keeps them working hard."

    https://www.cricket.com.au/news/rick...urn/2019-05-23


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    Warner without a shadow of doubt is Australia's best limited overs batsmen. His return would immensely boost Australia's batting.

    Smith is an extremely clutch batsman who always lifts his game on big occasions. People underestimating him are in for a surprise.

    A team with Warner, Finch, Khawaja, Smith, Maxwell, Starc, and Cummins can beat any team in the world.

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    Smith looks all set for a fabulous World Cup - excellent 100 in warmup


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    Steve Smith insists he’s hungrier than ever after he slammed his first century since returning to the sport.

    The former Australian captain seems to back to his best, with his side’s opening match of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup against Afghanistan just one week away.

    He hit 116 off 102 balls in a trademark classy innings as Australia beat world number one side England by 12 runs in Southampton.

    It was the fourth time in as many matches that he has passed fifty, following on from unbeaten scores of 89 and 91 and 76 in Australia’s last three warm-up games.

    “I’m not reading too much into it, they’re just practice games at the moment, hopefully I can keep this form for the real stuff and we’ll make a judgment then,” said Smith.

    “Not too many players have a year out of the game. Having performed at a high level for four to five years to have a year away has helped freshen me up and come back hungrier than ever. I’ve been able to work on a few different things and get fitter.

    “I’m just trying to keep my head down and just do my job. Fortunately I was able to score a few runs and more importantly spend some time in the middle before our first game.

    “I’m feeling calm at the crease and hitting the right balls to the boundary. Anytime you make a hundred for Australia it’s a real honour and great to do.”

    It’s also ominous for Australia’s rivals that Smith is not even at full fitness, as he continues his recovery from elbow surgery earlier this year.

    “It’s coming along pretty well but I haven’t been able to really test it yet throwing-wise,” he added.

    “I’d say I’m probably at about 80 per cent throwing-wise. Hopefully it can progress a little bit further before the first game.

    “I’ll be ready to if I’m called upon. We’ll see how we go. The ball’s actually coming out pretty well so if needed then I’m available to bowl.”

    This was not a full international and England played 15 players due to injuries, including fielding coach Paul Collingwood, who celebrates his 43rd birthday tomorrow.

    But claiming the scalp of their old enemy - and the world’s number one ODI team - won’t harm confidence.

    “We spoke at the start of the day about England being the number one side in the world. Their one-day cricket has been phenomenal the past couple of years, they're playing some terrific cricket,” added Smith.

    “You want to try and keep that winning feeling going – it's a habit. Whilst it is a practice match, it is good over the line against the number one side in the world.”



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    50 off 76 balls for Warner against India - slow stuff but he's there


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    50 off 76 balls for Warner against India - slow stuff but he's there
    poor knock from Warner - what was he playing? just 56 (84)


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    poor knock from Warner - what was he playing? just 56 (84)
    They want to treat it like a T20 after 30 overs. Without losing wickets. Thats the only thing i can think of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    50 off 76 balls for Warner against India - slow stuff but he's there
    Excellent captaincy by Virat Kohli to help dismiss him!

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    56(84 ball) by Warner and 56(64) by Smith.. Poor batting by both.

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    Steve Smith and David Warner's comeback Thread

    What an absolutely nothing innings from Warner! Completely miscalculated everything today. I remember he once did something similar against Sri Lanka in a CB series final in 2012 and his ill-pace innings proved costly in the end. Actually, if he doesn´t get his aggressive stroke-play right during the field restrictions overs, hanging out there to bat for a long innings is an approach that doesn´t quite work for him. He must think out a plan.


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    Warner singlehandely lost the match for Aus; first he ran out an in-form Finch and then played probably worst innings of his life.


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    Pathetic innings Warner today.

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    Guys - no allegations etc are allowed.


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    Cricket World Cup 2019: David Warner gives away MoM Award to young Australian fan

    In a heartwarming gesture, David Warner gave away his Man-of-the-Match award to a young Australian fan after their win over Pakistan in the World Cup on Wednesday.

    Warner scored his first international hundred after serving out his ball-tampering ban and guided Australia to a 41-run win over Pakistan on Wednesday.

    On his way back from the stadium, Warner posed with fans and on meeting a young boy in Australia jersey, the opener gifted his Man-of-the-Match award to the young fan.

    “It’s really awesome, it feels cool to have that (MoM Award). We were just waving the flag. He just came over and gave it to us,” the young fan said.

    “We were way outnumbered by Pakistan fans, then it went quiet, then it got noisy again when Pakistan made some runs, and then (Mitchell) Starc came on in the end,” said the boy’s father.

    The dangerous opener has made a successful comeback alongside Steve Smith after serving a one-year ban for ball-tampering.

    Warner revealed that his innings, which laid the foundation for Australia’s win, filled him with both joy and relief after wondering whether he would ever get the chance to enjoy a similar moment ever again.

    “Yes, definitely, there was always that going through my mind,” nodded the left-hander when asked about the possibility that his hundred in the Boxing Day Test against England in December 2017 might have been his last in the baggy green.

    “That’s what drove me to keep being as fit as I can, to keep scoring as many runs as I can in the Twenty 20 tournaments I played in, and really enjoy playing in grade cricket. I think going through these tough times and regrouping put myself in the best way to come back into international cricket,” Warner said.

    https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/...ian-fan-856300

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    Warner looking in brilliant form at the moment. Gets yet another 50.


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