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“It’s onwards, upwards and focused on the WC”- Starc on Smith,Warner


Australian paceman Mitchell Starc demands the remainder of the squad have no permanent issues following the Newlands ball-tampering scandal with Steve Smith and David Warner as the pair plan to play for Australia again at the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.

Smith and Warner arrived Thursday at Brisbane airport to join the World Cup training camp of Australia. And it will be their first training camp after their ban has finished.

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They were part of the team before the series against Pakistan at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and spent some good moments with the team and the coaching stuffs there. But Starc wasn’t part of the team then due to injury. But Starc is confident that the transition will be easy for the duo and the team.

“It’s onwards, upwards and focused on the World Cup… it’s all rosy,” he said on Thursday.

“We’ve all had our meetings and proceeded onward,” he said.

“The meeting I was engaged with … 95% wasn’t about Dave and Steve and the team. It was increasingly about where the group was going. I was getting truly disappointed that I was planning and doing everything that I figured I could to succeed, and it simply wasn’t occurring,” he added.

Smith and Warner prepared for the comeback by playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019. And like many others, Starc was also impressed with form of David Warner and Steve Smith in the IPL. “He (Warner) has been ablaze over yonder, alongside Steve, so that’s extraordinary for him and incredible for the team,” he said. “He’s a world-class player and we’re eager to have him back.”

David Warner currently has been the highest run scorer in this year’s edition of IPL with 692 runs with the huge average of 69.20 in twelve innings. He picked up 8 half centuries and also hit an unbeaten century. On the other hand, Smith had been struggling at the start but after he took the captaincy of his franchise he started to show his form. He has scored 319 runs in ten innings with the average of 39.87 including three fifties.

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