Steve Smith and David Warner out of UAE tour

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  1. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Cricket fans in the UAE will not get to watch Steve Smith or David Warner in action here after the duo were on Friday left out of Australia's squad for the five-match one-day international series against Pakistan.

    The decision was taken by the selection committee despite Smith and Warner being eligible for the final two ODIs, scheduled to be held in Dubai on March 29 and 31, given their ball-tampering bans expire on March 28.

    Chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said it had been decided they would be better served playing their way back into contention at the Indian Premier League, which starts in Chennai on March 23.

    "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," he said.

    "David will play with Sunrisers Hyderabad and Steve with Rajastan Royals.

    Aussie ODI squad for UAE tour: Aaron Finch (c), Pat Cummins (vc), Alex Carey (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 #PAKvAUS

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    "Cricket Australia will continue to liaise with both Steve, David and their IPL clubs to monitor progress as we build towards the ICC World Cup and the Ashes," Hohns said.

    Smith and Warner were handed 12-month bans by Cricket Australia (CA) for their roles in a ball-tampering scandal that erupted during a Test match in South Africa last year. However, they were allowed to play league cricket around the world during this period, which explains their eligibility to appear in the IPL.

    It was always unclear whether either of the pair would be fit to play in ODI series as both top-order batsmen were recovering from elbow surgeries.

    Smith went under the knife in January after being forced to drop out of the Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 tournament with a ligament problem.

    Warner also returned home from Bangladesh with an injured elbow, though less serious than Smith. He, too, had surgery and could play this weekend for his club side.

    According to a report that appeared on the CA website last month, Smith's road back to full fitness was more complicated because his injury and surgery were considered more serious than that of Warner. Smith remained in an elbow brace until the end of February, but he picked up a bat again and had a session at the Sydney Cricket Ground last week.

    Meanwhile, injured fast bowler Mitchell Starc was also omitted after failing to recover sufficiently from a pectoral muscle injury picked up during the second Test against Sri Lanka in Canberra a month ago.

    Sharjah will host the first two matches on March 22 and 24, followed by one game in Abu Dhabi on March 27, and then two more in Dubai.
  2. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Three-day reintegration window for Steven Smith and David Warner in the UAE

    Steven Smith, David Warner and the Australian cricket team are going to be reunited for all of three days in the UAE later this week before the banned players are whisked off to the IPL, where they will be engaged when the Newlands scandal suspensions expire on March 29.

    Sunrisers Hyderabad are expecting Warner, near full recovery following elbow surgery, to join the camp ahead of the IPL on March 18. With the Australian team due to fly to the UAE on March 14 after their ODI series in India, this leaves only a narrow window for the former captain and vice-captain to meet with the team they are expected to soon return to playing for.

    Smith's fitness situation is more problematic as he had more extensive elbow surgery, though he posted a video of himself batting in the nets on social media recently, while his manager Warren Craig has stated that his client's intention is to play in the IPL and then the World Cup before the Ashes in England.

    The duo's IPL participation is believed to have been a factor in the way that their reintegration has been planned, with the two players to spend time alongside their team-mates without actually staying on for the part of the Pakistan series in which they will be permitted to play.

    Coach Justin Langer has always emphasised his preference for Smith and Warner to play some form of top-tier cricket - beyond the club-level games they have been restricted to by their bans - before they are selected.

    This is in part because in November last year, CA released via their acting head of team performance Belinda Clark, a stipulation that players participating in the Pakistan ODI series will not be allowed to go to the IPL until the series is complete. The Indian T20 tournament, entering its 12th year, is being played earlier than usual in 2019 to finish in time for the World Cup.

    "It is a difficult period with the IPL being brought forward to accommodate the cricket World Cup, and overlapping our domestic season," Clark had said, adding, "We will, as always, assess applications on a case-by-case basis but it is important the players understand our position in advance, so they have the clarity they need to make personal decisions.

    "It is imperative that we ensure Australia is in the best possible position as we head into the Cricket World Cup and the 2019 Ashes series. This means prioritising our focus on match readiness and the health of our players."

    Much secrecy has surrounded the circumstances in which Smith and Warner are to be reintegrated, with the team now coached by Langer and captained by Aaron Finch in limited-overs formats, with schedules, elbow injuries, seriously bruised relationships and the exacting terms of their CA-imposed bans all complicating factors.

    Selection chairman Trevor Hohns announced last week that the official squad for five matches against Pakistan in Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai would be unchanged from the group currently in India, but the UAE had always loomed as the venue where Smith and Warner would again be seen around the squad on tour for the first time since last year's fateful trip to South Africa.

    Minus Smith and Warner, the Australian ODI team have a chance to win their first ODI series in India since 2009 in the deciding match in Delhi on Wednesday.

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