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Michael Hussey thinks Warner and Smith will be included in the Australian World Cup 2019 team

Smith and Warner are both serving a 12-month ban from international cricket.

Steve Smith
Steven Smith. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Australian team minus Steve Smith and David Warner and we have got to see the results on the ongoing tour of England. The team has the least experience in the line-up, if we may say the least amount of decisiveness in the leadership to steer the team on the field and the batting seems to have no spine. Though England is a really good ODI team the margin and manner of defeats the Aussies have faced is surprising. To think they will go into the World Cup 2019 without these two players and aim to defend it is beyond imagination at this point.

Former Australian batsman Michael Hussey thinks the team will get them back directly into the World Cup once they end the ban. The fact that Aussies have won only a couple of ODIs from the last 15 outings. Eoin Morgan’s team has dominantly exploited the fact that this is probably the weakest team from down under that has toured England and already secured the five-match series with a 3-0 lead. As a result of the demoralizing defeats, Australia also slipped to No.6 in the ODI rankings that’s their lowest in 34 years.

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Ban ends in March 2019

Both Smith and Warner are banned from playing any international or domestic cricket for 12 months, however, they are allowed to take part in T20 leagues. They have signed up with teams for the T20 Global Canada and Warner also has a contract with Caribbean Premier League team St Lucia Stars. All this will ensure that once the ban ends in March 2019, the duo is prepared to join the team for the World Cup that gets underway in May.

“It’s hard to say so far out, but the quality of player they are you probably would say they are (walk-up selections),” Hussey was quoted as saying on The Unplayable Podcast on June 21.

“As long as they do everything right in the lead up; they’re in good touch skills-wise, they’re in good fitness, no injury concerns and they’ve done all the right things preparation-wise and behavioural-wise as well, then you’d have to think they’d come straight back in because they’re such quality players,” he added.

He is pretty sure they will return to the team if they manage to do just right in this duration away from the game.

“They’ve been quality players for such a long period of time, they’ve had success at the highest level and are important players for Australia. I think they probably do (return) as long as they tick all the boxes along the way,” Hussey said.

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