Published: Wed, March 13, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Aussies mull opening combos for World Cup

Aussies mull opening combos for World Cup

Warner will feature in the Indian Premier League which begins March 23 and Hughes said it'll be good for his fitness and will test where he is at as a batsman.

While their ban ends on March 28, the selectors left them out from the ODI squad that will take on Pakistan. Both needed to undergo surgeries with Smith's being the more severe injury.

Warner, whose team was given a target of 314, came out all guns blazing and ended up smashing seven sixes and four fours in his 77-ball onslaught.

The star pair's ban from state and global cricket for ball-tampering expires later this month and they are expected to be rushed back into the Australian side for the defence of their title at the showpiece tournament in England this year.

David Warner has given a timely reminder of his talent with a grade-cricket ton but the race to open the batting for Australia at both the World Cup and Ashes is now wide open.

"If they're going to the IPL, they'll have the opportunity to play against some pretty good opposition in pretty tough conditions".

Cricket Australia has announced the unchanged squad for their UAE tour as one now touring India. The duo will be pivotal for Australia on their bid to defend the World Cup title in England and Wales.

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Warner looked on song and played some scorching shots.

It was across two-day, one-day and T20 formats for the club.

Meanwhile, Shane Warne believes both Warner and Steve Smith will come back stronger than ever from their 12-month bans.

"So it's only natural we will take them seriously into consideration when we pick our 2019 World Cup squad".

"Selectors don't want to rush them (Warner and Smith) back, so if they've got injuries they'd want them to get 100 per cent right".

Warner will hand a lot of boost for IPL 2018 finalists SRH.

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. "He then changed into a more placid player but was then told by Cricket Australia to be the enforcer and was doing what he was told".

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