Smith, Warner will return stronger - Warne

Smith, Warner will return stronger - Warne”

Steve Smith and David Warner's omission from Aussie squad means they will need to find form in the Indian Premier League ahead of the World Cup in England starting in late May.

Despite his ban ending on March 28, the injury kept the former Australian vice-captain out of Australia's ODI squad to play Pakistan in the UAE at the end of this month.

Selector Trevor Hohns said they would be better served easing their way back at the Indian Premier League, which gets under way this month.

During this time, we are keeping an eye on both the players and it is important to join the team for the World Cup and the Ashes, that both players were banned for 1 year by Cricket Australia after the ball-tempering episode in South Africa.

"They might be 75 per cent, they might be 85 per cent, that's good enough for club cricket but not good enough for the Australian side".

"I think what you are going to see is a pretty quiet David Warner and Steve Smith".

While Smith was retained by his side Rajasthan Royals, Warner was also retained by Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Both players were obligated to withdraw from the Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 tournament in January with elbow injuries.

He had been in a brace for weeks, but picked up a bat again and had a session at the Sydney Cricket Ground last week.

Warner made his return with a bang.

Their bans only related to state and worldwide cricket.

Bancroft was exiled for nine months.

While their ban ends on March 28, the selectors left them out from the ODI squad that will take on Pakistan.

Both players have recently undergone elbow surgery and the great unknown is how they will perform back on the world stage, particularly in what is sure to be a hostile atmosphere in England.

How closely the current squad resembles the one for the World Cup will only be known by April 23, which is the deadline set by the International Cricket Council.

Australia play the first of five one-dayers against Pakistan on March 22 in Sharjah.

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