Steve smith and David warner returned to national side for a world cup training camp after serving year-long bans. The coach Langer said that the team will be boosted by their experience. Both have enjoyed a strong comeback in IPL, with warner in excellent form, making the highest score in tournament with 692 runs from 12 innings.
Smith and warner are set to comeback for their international comeback after Australia, expectedly named the duo in their 15-man World cup squad. Smith and warner both are world class players and it has been pleasing to see them produce some good form in the IPL. Chairman of selectors, Trevor hohns said.
Head coach Justin Langer said that comeback men Steve smith and David warner have returned to Australia in best condition. Smith is in the best physical condition of his life. The big concern regarding smith going into IPL 2019 was his shoulder injury which was restricting movement of his right arm. Though the season – in which he scored 319 runs in 12 matches- he avoided from using his natural arm for throwing.
Smith has played 108 ODIs so far and scored 3431 runs with an average of 41.84. While David warner has scored 4343 runs in 106 ODIs with the average of 43. Both are considered the backbone of Australian batting side.
Australia’s five prolonged pace attack will consist of Pat cummins, Mitchell starc, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Coulter-nile and Jason beherendoff, while Nathan lyon, Adamzampa have both been included as the two spin options.
Starc and Richardson, though currently injured, are expected to be fit in the time for Australia’s first world cup game on June 1 in Bristol, against Afghanistan on June 1. The defending champions will take on hosts England and Sri Lanka in the two official warm-ups, on May 25 and 27 respectively.
“Warner too had a shoulder problem ahead of the IPL but as he came away as, reckoned smith and warnerare both working their way up as far as fitness is concerned. But they are certainly working their way up to it that’s good for us”, he said.
Langer got a closer look at both on Monday and Wednesday, as Australia XI played two warm-up matches against new Zealand XI in Brisbane, in the build-up to the world cup.“The obvious thing is that we should open with warner. But I think he’s quality to adapt with conditions. What I’ve loved is the partnership between Finchy and Usmankhwaja as well”.
The 15-member side will begin their training camp at the national cricket centre in Brisbane on May 2. The schedule includes three practice matches between Australia xi and new Zealand at alian border field. Australia begin their world cup title defence against Afghanistan, in Brisol on June 1.