It’s like we didn’t really leave, David Warner on his and Steve Smith’s return
"The boys were very accepting of us."
Updated - Mar 17, 2019 10:14 am
The touring Australian side will lock horns with Pakistan in the first ODI, on March 22. The five-match series will be carried out in the UAE and the Aussie side that toured India have landed in Dubai. That is where the estranged cricketing duo, Steve Smith and David Warner will reunite with the team. The duo will discuss team values ahead of their imminent recoveries to the national team.
Following the infamous ‘Sandpapergate’ the then Australian captain Steve Smith, star opening batsman David Warner and the lesser experienced Cameron Bancroft were suspended by the ICC for a limited number of matches. However, Cricket Australia chose to take an unforeseen step and imposed a year-long ban on the senior pair of cricketers. Smith and Warner have almost completed their term and will make their long-awaited comebacks.
The duo first met the Australian squad in Dubai, where the team and coaching staff are put up since they flew out of Delhi after a 3-2 win over India. Smith and Warner took this opportunity to incorporate a handful of meetings with the teammates and coaching staff. Warner described the reunion to be ‘awesome’ and that they were welcomed by the ‘boys’ with a ‘lot of big hugs and cuddles’.
It’s like we never left: David Warner
Speaking further about reuniting with their Aussie teammates, David Warner said, “It’s like we didn’t really leave, the boys were very accepting of us coming in and with open arms. It’s been great. 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.”
Australia’s star opening batsman David Warner revealed the nature of the meetings. Warner reverberated his Steve Smith’s predilection about gaining comprehension of team values, adjusting to the variation that has taken place during the duo’s exile from international Cricket.
“[We’re]Making sure that we are aligned with the team values moving forward. Obviously being out for 12 months there’s been a big change, which is great, and it’s about just accepting that and playing what our role in the team should be moving forward,” Warner was quoted as saying in ESPNcricinfo.