IPL 2019: Steve Smith and David Warner could be available right from the start of the season
The duo will not play the last two ODIs against Pakistan right after their ban is lifted, contrary to the speculations earlier.
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Cricket Australia decided not to pick Steve Smith and David Warner for the tour of UAE. Hence, the duo will not play the last two ODIs against Pakistan right after their ban is lifted, contrary to the speculations earlier. They would instead make their comeback into mainstream cricket through the IPL 2019.
But there wasn’t much clarity about their fitness ahead of India’s premier domestic T20 league. However, as the per reports that are coming up now, they could be available in the tournament right from the start. Warner played a game for the Randwick-Petersham team and proved his fitness. Furthermore, he also smashed a century in the match and seems to be in good form.
Smith, on the other hand, was seen toiling hard in the nets a few days ago as he was trying to get back into the groove. As they are working hard on their fitness, they could soon fly to India for the T20 tournament. They are important players in their respective sides and there will be high expectations on them.
How will the teams look with the addition of Warner and Smith?
Warner was the former captain of the Sunrisers Hyderabad. He has been an instrumental part of their success over the years. Even in his absence, the side managed to do well last season and finish as the runners-up. Now with him joining the side, the batting will be further strengthened. Yet, it remains uncertain if he would be given the opportunity to lead the side again. Since Kane Williamson will be available for the entire season, he could be the preferred choice.
Smith was slated to be Rajasthan Royals‘ captain for the last season. But Ajinkya Rahane replaced him in the unavoidable circumstances. Rahane will continue to lead the Royals which will free Smith of the additional burden. He could either bat at three or four and add great stability to the middle-order.