Smith, Warner aren’t bad but they made a bad mistake: Warne
Steve Smith and David Warner can get back to their cricketing business when their international bans expire on March 29 and Cricket Australia will be happy that their inclusion will certainly boost the team’s opportunities of winning this year’s World Cup, former leg-spinner Shane Warne added in a statement.
The two cricketers Smith and Warner were suspended for 12 months from the bat-ball game in the wake of a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year and will make a classic rebound to international cricket at the end of this month.
While the bans end for both of them to play the final two one-day internationals of the five-match series against Pakistan, both were not included in the squad, as they are recovering from elbow surgery that kept the pair from practice sessions.
Team will welcome the pair with open arms: Warne
“I think Smith and Warner will be accepted with open arms. They have done their time. They are not bad people, they just made a bad mistake,” Warne told Sky Sports.
“When you have got that sort of class as a cricketer, they will go straight back into the World Cup squad.”
The defending champions Australia has had a good time by far beating India 3-2 ODI series win and a 2-0 clean sweep in T20Is, in what was exactly the momentum needed in time for them for the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales.
“The way Australia are playing at the moment, I wouldn’t write them off, and I think they can win the World Cup,” Warne added.
“They just beat India in the T20 series, and to chase 360 in India without Smith and Warner is an ominous sign for the rest of the World Cup competition.”