Michael Clarke confident about Smith, Warner and Bancroft doing well after comeback
"They’ll score runs, there is no doubt about it."
Published - Feb 16, 2019 2:03 pm | Updated - Feb 16, 2019 2:03 pm
Steve Smith, Cameron Bancroft and David Warner were found guilty in the ball-tampering scandal back in March 2018 and were handed suspensions by Cricket Australia (CA). While Bancroft made his comeback in December and played for Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League (BBL), Warner and Smith need to wait for one and a half months before their suspension period comes to a close.
Warner and Smith are also expected to play next year’s World Cup in England and Wales. In the meantime, speculations surrounding how they would do on their comeback are doing the rounds. While many believe that their return won’t make much of a difference to the Australian team, a few of them reckon that Australia need them back and one of them is former batsman Michael Clarke.
Sports teams are a lot bigger than one or two players
“… for Australian cricket there’s absolutely no doubt we need them back. They deserve to come back because they’ve done their crime, they’ve suffered their time. They’ll score runs, there is no doubt about (it). They’ll walk back into that team and perform straight away,” Clarke was quoted as saying in Fox Sports News.
“We’re putting a lot of expectations and a lot of pressure on Steve Smith and David Warner to come back (and) all of our problems will be fixed when they come back. The reality is we have got to No.5 in the world with Smith and Warner in the team.
Sports teams are a lot bigger than one or two players. It’s going to be really interesting to see how the three of them go when they are back in the same team together. How is the relationship between Warner and Smith or Bancroft and Warne?” he added.
In the last one year, Warner and Smith have only taken part in franchise T20 cricket across the globe. Their recent stint was in the sixth edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) where they played for Sylhet Sixers and Comilla Victorians respectively. Nevertheless, their campaign was cut short as both developed an elbow injury during the course of the T20 extravaganza.