IPL 2019: Steve Smith and David Warner might miss the final stages of the tournament
Both of them have been picked in Australia's World Cup squad.
Updated - Apr 15, 2019 12:34 pm
April 15 started on a delightful note for David Warner and Steve Smith as both of them were picked in Australia’s World Cup squad. The duo is currently playing in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and the Rajasthan Royals (RR) respectively. With them being included in the World Cup squad, it becomes imperative for Smith and Warner to attend the team’s training camp for the mega event.
Cricket Australia (CA), in its statement, mentioned that the 15-man squad will have to assemble in Brisbane for a training camp. Australia are also scheduled to play three unofficial One-Dayers at the Allan Border Field. “The fifteen-player squad for the ICC world cup will assemble in Brisbane for a training camp at the National Cricket Centre on May 2,” the statement read according to Indian Express.
Warner in good form, Smith not so
Meanwhile, if their IPL form is concerned, David Warner has been churning out runs on a consistent basis for SRH. He is currently the Orange Cap holder and no other batsman is even close to him. Warner has so far amassed 400 runs in only eight outings at a superb average of 80 and looks set to be the main player for Australia in the World Cup.
However, Steve Smith has only scored a solitary significant knock for the Royals and even then, his team lost the game to the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Having said that, he is Australia’s best batsman across all the formats and clearly, the selectors couldn’t ignore him. It will be interesting to see how the duo fits in and the fans will be delighted to see them back in Australia colours after 12 months.
Meanwhile, the SRH and RR should prepare themselves for sterner tests later in the season and make sure that the team combination doesn’t affect after they leave.