Steve Smith, David Warner got a warm welcome as they returned to the Australian fold after serving their respective bans. The star Australian cricketers served their year-long bans and are now ready to get back in action. They joined the Australian team in Dubai and were welcomed with ‘hugs and cuddles’. These are good signs from an Australian point of view ahead of the upcoming World Cup. It would be a good opportunity for the two cricketers to prove their worth in the series against Pakistan in Dubai. The return of Warner, Smith will boost their ODI squad which is brimming with confidence after the historic win against India in India last week.

“It’s been awesome. It’s like we didn’t really leave, the boys were very accepting of us coming in and with open arms,” Warner told

“A lot of big hugs and cuddles. It’s been great.

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“It’s good to see the spirit they’re in after a great series win in India and I am obviously looking forward to watching them play against Pakistan here and hopefully they win that series as well,” he added.

“It seems like some really good energy among the team at the moment,” he said.

“It’s great to be back around the group, they’ve been really welcoming and almost like we’ve never left.”

Smith said the Dubai catch-up went through “the values that are instilled in the team at the moment and making sure we are on the right path looking forward to what’s coming up; a huge World Cup and an Ashes series in England”.