Smith, Warner Will Walk Back into Australian Squad Even if They Have a Bad IPL – Matthew Hayden
Former Australian opener Matthew Hayden believes former skipper Steven Smith and vice-captain David Warner will walk back into the national side even if they have a bad Indian Premier League season. In fact, there is no doubt that Steven Smith and David Warner are Australia’s best batsmen and they are going to play a key role in the team’s World Cup defence.
Meanwhile, both of these players are plying on their trade in the ongoing Indian Premier League. Smith is playing for Rajasthan Royals whereas David Warner is back in form for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Warner had made a roaring comeback as he scored a fine knock of 85 runs from 53 balls with the help of nine fours and three maximums.
Smith and Warner are Australia’s best batters.
On the other hand, Steven Smith could not hit the ground running in his first match of the season for the Royals. Meanwhile, both players’ ban will be lifted on 29th March.
“It’s an opportunity for Warner and Smith to play some cricket. Otherwise, they were not playing any cricket,” Matthew Hayden told PTI during an interaction.
“They are going to walk into the side. Even if they have a bad IPL, they are not going to be dropped from that World Cup side. They are in the WC squad,” Matthew Hayden added.
On the other hand, Hayden believes the Indian Premier League will play a key role in managing the workloads of the players. Hayden feels that the bowler should be smart in managing their workloads whereas there is no such thing for the batsmen.
Crucial for bowlers to manage their workloads.
“I think it (IPL) will make a huge difference. For bowlers, the workload matters. For batters, there is no such thing called workload. You just keep batting, batting and batting and that helps your game,” Hayden said.
Meanwhile, Matthew Hayden is currently part of the commentary panel of the Indian Premier League. On the other hand, Warner and Smith will like to prove their mettle in the T20 league as they need to be at the top of their game to get back into the national side.
In fact, it is not going to be easy for both of them to hit the ground running at the International level. However, at the same time, they both are quality players and they should be part of the World Cup squad.
Australia will begin their World Cup campaign against Afghanistan.
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