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Steven Smith and David Warner might not have any international exposure before the World Cup 2019 and in all likeliness, IPL is the sole tournament that they will be playing ahead of the global event.
While there are still questions whether they will be selected in ODI squad for the last two ODIs against Pakistan later this month, Australia’s head Justin langer has said that the duo should be ready to play IPL, which probably means that they might not be part of the national team for the last two ODIs.
“It’s about us winning games of cricket and then selections and positions usually look after themselves. From all accounts they should both be ready for the IPL, which is really positive,” Langer said.
Smith is a part of Rajasthan Royals while Warner will be playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Both the players were to lead their respective franchises last year but got banned by Cricket Australian which meant they could not play IPL 11.
Their ban will end in March and they will be available to play the league. Though they are not expected to be given the captaincy duties back.
Both the players will also be coming back to IPL after recovering from should injury. Smith had suffered the issue during Bangladesh Premier League and underwent surgery for it.
He recently returned to net session and also shared a video on Instagram, signalling that he is ready to make a comeback
Warner had also suffered an elbow issue during BPL but his problem was not as big as Smith.
Both Warner and Smith look likely candidate to selected in Australia’s World Cup squad but they will have to come up with some performances in IPL to get their confidence back.
If selected in the World Cup squad, they will be leaving IPL before May 1 along with other Australian cricketers.
Cricket Australia, last year, had announced the guidelines for players’ participation in IPL that mentioned that the World Cup-bound players will have to return to the country before May 1.
Other than them, Andre Tye will also return to the country early if named in the World Cup squad.