Smith, Warner set to return to join Australia in UAE tour

Banned Australian star duo David Warner and Steve Smith will make their return to international cricket when Australia tour the United Arab Emirates to play an ODI series against Pakistan.

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Although both of them were omitted for the forthcoming tour to UAE, the pair will front the national squad in Dubai as they prepare for the five match series against Pakistan.

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Both Smith and Warner, suspended for a period of 12 months over the sandpaper scandal at Cape Town in 2018, will be playing in the Indian Premier League 2019 starting from March 23 and it is yet to be cleared when they will be joining the Australian team in UAE.

There suspension period will, however, come to an end on March 28.

Earlier, Aussie selectors have named an unchanged 15 man squad for the five match ODI series against Pakistan and are due to arrive in Dubai on Thursday.

After announcing the team last week, Trevor Hohns, the selection committee chairman said, “After consultation with members of the National Selection Panel, Greg Chappell and Head Coach Justin Langer, Interim EGM Team Performance Belinda Clark, CA Medical Team and both players, it has been agreed Steve Smith and David Warner will not be available for selection for the final two matches of the series against Pakistan.”

“While their bans will be finished on March 28, Steve and David have been working through rehabilitation from elbow surgery and it has been agreed the best pathway for them to return to play is in the Indian Premier League, a strong competition which features some of the world’s best players,” he explained.

Australia squad:

Aaron Finch (captain), Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa



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