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Smith and Warner’s return getting closer: Langer


Australia coach Justin Langer, while addressing the reporters at the press conference, said that David Warner and Steve Smith’s return to the national team is “getting closer”. There were speculations about Smith that he might not turn up for the World Cup owing to the seriousness of his injury.

Smith and Warner's return getting closer: Langer
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Nonetheless, the coach said adding that it was all down to the reintegration process. “We know it’s been a tough time for them, it’s been a tough time for Australian cricket, but we know the word integration has been going for the last nine or 10 months, or 11, it’s getting closer, isn’t it.

We’re talking about two great players, we’re not talking about two really good players. Two great players who on paper we’d be crazy not to have them in the team.

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It’s about how much cricket they get to play between now and then. They’ll find opportunities. We’ll find opportunities, but I can’t say anything else,” he added.

Australia have busy games ahead of the World Cup as they will play ODI series in India and then against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in March.

Smith and Warner who are in the final stretch of their 12-month ban for the ball-tampering incident, they will miss the series against India but will be eligible from 29 March onwards to play in the final 2 ODIs against Pakistan in the UAE.

Warner likely to play but not Smith

It is learnt that only David Warner is more likely to feature in that series with Smith needing time to recover from surgery on his elbow.

Langer went on to add: “We’ve got to keep working on how they are with their elbows, first.

“They’re going to need to get some cricket before coming back into the squad. It’s all part of the management. We’ll have to wait and see.”

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