Published: Wed, March 13, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Warner blasts century on return from elbow surgery

Warner blasts century on return from elbow surgery

Australia's National Selection Panel chairman Trevor Hohns said he would like to see how Warner and Smith perform after returning from their respective bans.

Year-long ball-tampering bans from state and worldwide for Warner and former Australian skipper Steve Smith run out on March 28.

It's nearly been a year since the shambolic ball-tampering scandal at the Newlands in Cape Town, but the memories, involving Steve Smith and David Warner, haven't faded away by any means, especially among the Australian cricket fraternity. So it's only natural we will take them seriously into consideration when we pick our World Cup squad.

In the meantime, Shane Warne, the former Australian cricketer, reckons Smith and Warner would come out as better individuals and would now prefer their willows do all the talking.

The Indian Premier League, which starts on March 23 and features some of the best bowlers in the world, will provide a better gauge of where Warner is at.

"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".

Cricket Australia has announced the unchanged squad for their UAE tour as one now touring India. It was India's first defeat at home under Kohli's captaincy in any format.

Warne expects the duo to return with renewed vigour as he did after his 12-month ban for failing a drugs test in 2003.

"Sometimes having an enforced lay off - like I'm used to, I had 12 months off myself - what that means is you become really fresh", he told Fox Sports. You get excited just going to the nets again because you have taken it for granted in the past so I think they will come back better than they were.

"That's why I reckon Australia can win the World Cup", he said, despite the team's recent patchy one-day form.

"You freshen your mind up, you become hungry again and realise how important cricket is to you". Warne was suspended for taking a banned diuretic and missed Australia's World Cup winning campaign as a result.

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