Steven Smith, David Warner Likely to Miss Part of the IPL 2019
Australian senior campaigners David Warner and Steven Smith in all probability may leave their respective Indian Premier League (IPL 2019) franchises; Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Rajasthan Royals (RR), in a bid to attend the training camp.
On Monday (April 15), the duo was introduced in the 15-man World Cup squad following their suspension for one-year in connection with a ball-tampering episode.
However, the ban on Smith and Warner ended on March 29 which subsequently saw them returning to respective IPL team after a year-long hiatus.
IPL 2019: David Warner and Steven Smith to return home at the fag end of April –
Meanwhile, Cricket Australia (CA) has announced the kick-off of their national training camp from May 2 which will help in preparation for the World Cup-bound players in Brisbane. The multi-national tournament will commence from May 30 at Kennington Oval in London.
“The fifteen-player squad for the ICC world cup will assemble in Brisbane for a training camp at the National Cricket Centre on May 2,” CA release revealed.
The ball-tampering saga has rocked the cricketing world which unfolded during the third Test at Cape Town when besieged ball-tamperer Cameron Bancroft was caught altering the condition of the ball.
With the introduction of the two veterans of the game, the Australian squad looks pretty balanced.
Interestingly, the training camp will introduce three all-important practice games. Besides, Australia XI will take on New Zealand XI which will feature heavyweights of the gentleman’s game too.
“The training camp will include three practice matches between Australia XI and New Zealand XI at Allan Border Field,” it added.
So far, Smith looked off-colour. Except for an unbeaten 73 runs innings against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Smith couldn’t leave much impact on his comeback. He accumulated 186 runs in seven games at an average of 37.20.
David Warner is in good stead:
On the other side, Warner has been in red-hot form.
The explosive left-handed batsman Warner has amassed 400 runs in seven outing at an exceptional average of 80. So far, in the ongoing twelfth edition of the IPL, Warner has blasted four half-centuries and a hundred.
While considering the training camp, Smith and Warner are highly-likely going to miss a couple of games apart from the knockout stage contest if their respective teams would be able to go through.
Concurrently, both the teams are languishing at the bottom half of the table on sixth and seventh position respective. SRH has won three games in seven outings, whereas, Royals won just two in as many games.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan and Sunrisers will respectively play their last league game on May 4.
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