The exile is over and they are back to where they belong – Steve Smith and David Warner took part in their first nets session with the Australian team after serving one-year bans for their involvement in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year. In the pre-World Cup camp, the superstar pair of Smith and Warner made their first public appearance as they joined a national training camp with the rest of the Australian squad. Cricket.com.au shared a few pictures and some videos from Sunday’s session including the tainted duo.
Eager to prove their mettle in the upcoming showpiece event, both Smith and Warner were in the zone right from the word go. Returning after a successful stint in the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL), both batsmen showed no signs of rust as they engaged in a lively afternoon nets session at Allan Border Field.
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“Smith & Warner back on deck at Aussie training in Brisbane today,” cricket.com.au said in a tweet. In the videos shared by cricket.com.au, Smith was seen batting with “familiar mannerisms” and played big hits against prominent fast bowlers like Mitchell Starc.
On one side – the former Australian skipper displayed his familiar fidgety idiosyncrasies as he faced the spin duo of Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon in a pair of borrowed pads. He later switched nets to face up to pace trio Mitchell Starc, Sean Abbott and Michael Neser.
While, Warner, who was in devastating touch in the IPL, contented himself facing throw-downs and spin, playing the ball straight regularly and with customary conviction.
Both batsmen are expected to take part in this week’s three warm-up matches against New Zealand, beginning on Monday, and allrounder Glenn Maxwell said he foresaw no issue with their re-assimilation into the starting XI.
“I assume (they will play on Monday),” Maxwell said. “They have been sick the last couple of days so, hopefully, they are up and running.
“And they are both superstars. I watched both of them go about it (in IPL) and they were both absolutely brilliant over there.
“There will be no worries about them coming back into the team.”