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“They’ll be hard to stop”-Lehmann on Australia after Smith,Warner’s return


Former Australia Coach Darren Lehmann hopes that Steve Smith and David Warner will rediscover their form and make a big impact in the upcoming World Cup to retain their trophy. Darren Lehmann was Australia’s coach then when they won it in 2015.

The banned-duo David Warner and Steve Smith returned to cricket against New Zealand couple of days ago after a 1-year ban following the Newlands ball-tampering scandal. They both had showed their form recently.

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Steve Smith scored 22, 89* and 91* in the three warm-up matches against New Zealand and promised to play a big role in the upcoming World Cup. On the other hand, David Warner didn’t do much in these matches but he also showed his potential in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL). He was the highest run-scorer in the league with 692 runs in 12 matches.

“He (Smith) will be remarkable at the World Cup,” Lehmann said to Macquarie Sports Radio.

“People are stressed over the break they have had with a year out, however you see them in the IPL performing and making runs.

“David Warner is an energy machine, at the top of the order he can set it alight. If he has a great competition, he set us headed for winning a ton of games as he did at the (2015) World Cup with Aaron Finch, they’ll be hard to stop.”

Recently Australia captain Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja had done a great job at the top of the order. Lehmann also shared his opinion about the opening spot in the upcoming World Cup. “Opening with Finch and Warner, I think that is obvious,” the 2015 World Cup winning coach said.

“And afterward there’s Khawaja or Shaun Marsh at three I’d think and Smith at four – this is your main four.”

Australia will begin their World Cup against Afghanistan on June 1 in Bristol.

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