April 19, 2019

Steve Smith, David Warner back in Australia's World Cup squad

15 April 2019, 03:15 | Anna Jefferson

APSteve Smith currently playing in the IPL will make his international return

Steve Smith currently playing in the IPL will make his international return

Steve Smith and David Warner are set to return to global cricket as both are named in 15-man World Cup squad of Australia on Monday.

David Warner and Steve Smith have both been returned to the fold from their 12-month bans under captain Aaron Finch while Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja have been retained as batsmen with Peter Handscomb dropped.

Peter Handscomb celebrates his maiden ODI century against India.

It left coach Justin Langer with a dilemma on the back of the defending World Cup champions winning eight one-day internationals on the trot, against India and Pakistan.

The World Cup will start on May 30 while Australia will kickstart their World Cup defence against Afghanistan on June 1.

Australia World Cup squad: Aaron Finch (captain), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (vc), Pat Cummins (vc), Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon.

Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch have confirmed their spots with exceptional recent batting form, but Handscomb's failure to pass 50 in the Pakistan series has reportedly seen him bow out of contention.

He added that there had been some tough calls to make given the depth of talent available, but was happy to see Smith and Warner return to the global fold. He has been named in the Australia A squad, along with Handscomb, that will travel to England in June.

"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", Cricket Australia said.

Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon are the specialist spinners, while Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell are the all-rounders.

"Mitchell Starc and Jhye Richardson have both been named subject to fitness". Ashton Turner also missed out on the flight to England despite playing an unbelievable knock against India in Mohali during Australia's recent tour of India.

Steve Smith and David Warner.

"Having not played at the highest level for some time, we feel this will provide him with the best preparation to get some quality cricket under his belt, " Hohns said. "Our focus is to have Josh back bowling at his best for the commencement of a big Ashes Tour", Hohns was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.

Test opener Marcus Harris has been rewarded with his first national contract, while fit-again quicks Nathan Coulter-Nile and James Pattinson were among the new faces.

The biggest talking point in Australian cricket was that surrounding former captain Steve Smith and his former deputy David Warner. The Victorian pacer, who has battled back from serious back surgery at the end of 2017, is in the reckoning for a spot in Australia's Ashes squad that follows immediately after the World Cup.

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