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Steve Smith, David Warner Named In Cricket Australia Contract List

Steve Smith, David Warner Named In Cricket Australia Contract List

Australian batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner are likely to leave their respective IPL teams by the end of this month to attend their national training camp from 2 May after being drafted into the squad for the upcoming World Cup.

The selectors have named Aaron Finch the captain of the side, while the suspended duo of Steve Smith and David Warner also returns to the team for the first time since the "Sandpapergate" saga.

The classy right-handed batsman also notched a stunning maiden ODI century in the Aussies' recent series in India. Following that, the defending champions will fly out to England to defend their World Cup title. Hazlewood recently recovered from a back injury that kept him out of action since January and had admitted to being nervous about Australia's selection for the World Cup.

Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jason Behrendorff are the five pacers in the line-up, while Nathan Lyon and Adam Zampa will take care of the spin department.

The Australian openers Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja have been in cracking form which puts them in a dilemma over the positioning of Warner.

He added that there had been some tough calls to make given the depth of talent available, but was happy to see Smith and Warner return to the global fold. They were eligible to play the final two ODIs against Australia last month but the team-management decided playing in IPL is the best option. He has been named in the Australia A squad, along with Handscomb, that will travel to England in June.

"Mitchell Starc and Jhye Richardson have both been named subject to fitness".

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"Unfortunately, from the recent squad which toured India and the UAE, Peter Handscomb, Ashton Turner and Kane Richardson have made way for the above inclusions, but all three have been included in Australia A squad for the tour of England".

Steve Smith and David Warner.

Meanwhile, pacer Hazlewood, who is out of action since January due to injury, was confident of recovering before the World Cup but the selectors made a decision to give him rest keeping Ashes in mid.

Smith and Warner have also been added to Cricket Australia's 2019-20 contracted player list, which was released shortly after the World Cup squad announcement.

Another big name to miss out is fast bowler Josh Hazlewood.

AUSTRALIA A FOUR-DAY SQUAD: Tim Paine (c) (Tasmania), Marcus Harris (Victoria), Kurtis Patterson (New South Wales), Will Pucovski (Victoria), Travis Head (vc) (South Australia), Peter Handscomb (Victoria), Matthew Wade (Tasmania), Mitch Marsh (Western Australia), Michael Neser (Queensland), Jon Holland (Victoria), James Pattinson (Victoria), Jackson Bird (Tasmania), Josh Hazlewood (vc) (New South Wales), Chris Tremain (Victoria).


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