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Steven Smith-David Warner overlooked, Starc ruled out of UAE tour


Banned Australian star duo Steven Smith, David Warner have been overlooked for the forthcoming limited over tour of UAE despite the suspension ending before the tour.

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Australia selection committee chairman Trevor Hohns, stated about Smith and Warner’s selection that it would be best for them to return to cricket with the Indian Premier League ahead.

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“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,” Hohns said in a statement.

“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,” Hohns said.

Meanwhile pace maestro Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of the tour on account of injury.

Starc was hopeful of making a comeback in the UAE series but a recurrence of the injury has ruled him out. Cricket Australia are hopeful of Starc recovering in time for the 2019 World Cup.

Excluding them, Australia, on Friday, named an unchanged squad that traveled to India last month, with right-arm fast bowler Kane Richardson set to return for the five match series in the UAE despite a recent side injury.

Australia squad:

Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (vc), Pat Cummins (vc), 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.

Hinting about the selected squad, Hohns said,

“The squad is making pleasing progress ahead of the World Cup, and with three matches remaining in India and the five-match series against Pakistan to come, we believe they will benefit further from the continuity of playing together.”

Australia play their first match against Pakistan on March 22 in Sharjah, before heading to Abu Dhabi and Dubai to complete five matches in 10 days.

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