Shane Warne Sees Steven Smith, David Warner in Australia’s 2019 World Cup Squad
Legendary leg-spinner of Australia has given assurance that tainted duo Steven Smith and David Warner will represent Australia in the 2019 World Cup. Their inclusion will bolster the Kangaroos to feature in the United Kingdom (UK). The much-awaited quadrennial event will commence from May 30 at Kennington Oval in London. The duo will be crucial for Aaron Finch-led side in the multi-nation competition.
Alongside besieged ball tamperer Cameron Bancroft, the faced sanctions in the wake of a ball-tampering saga at Cape Town in March 2018.
Recently, Smith and Warner represented their respective franchises of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). But their stint falls apart following elbow injuries. However, Warner returned with blazing 77-ball 110 in the NSW Premier Cricket.
While talking to ESPNcricinfo in a video capsule, the veteran cricketer believes Cricket Australia (CA) has not missed any trick whatsoever by sidelining the senior batsman for the five-match series against Pakistan.
Smith and Warner to return stronger:
The ODI assignment will kick-off in Sharjah on March 22. Besides, the Aussie board will lift the ban on March 29.
“I don’t think Australia missed a trick there because they could’ve been only available for the last two games (against Pakistan),” Warne said.
The 49-year-old Warne believes it will provide the duo with an ample to make it to the decorated World Cup Squad. He feels the impending edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will help them to reintegrate before returning into some sort of a form.
“So, I think they will be probably better off not being disturbed. They’ll settle into the IPL and get their form back,” Warne said on Smith and Warner.
Warne cent per cent sure of Smith and Warner:
Warne stressed that there’s a long road ahead. However, they’re definitely going to represent Australia in the overall twelfth edition of the World Cup, according to Warne.
“I think there’s plenty of time for [Steven] Smith and [David] Warner to play back in Australia before the World Cup. I have no doubt whatsoever they’ll be in the World Cup squad,”
He pointed out that Smith and Warner have reaped the rewards while relying on their brilliance and experience respectively.
“They’re class players. If you think of the top batsman playing international cricket right now, and before they were banned; Warner and Smith would have been in the top-five list. Probably, alongside Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Kane Williamson with such class and experience,” Warne inferred.
Currently, Australia is on Qantas Tour to India. Following a couple of losses, the visitors made a solid comeback to level the five-match ODI series. The heavyweights of the game will wrestle against India, in the virtual finale on March 13 in New Delhi.
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