Smith and Warner are now playing for Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively in the IPL after serving their 12-month ban for their role in the ball-tampering scandal that rocked Australian cricket previous year.
Australia begin their World Cup campaign against Afghanistan on June 1.
Despite Smith's return, Australia will be captained by Aaron Finch in its World Cup defence, with selectors having flagged that they would continue with the man who has led the country in one-dayers in Smith's absence. "The training camp will include three practice matches between Australia XI and New Zealand XI at Allan Border Field".
Meanwhile, if their IPL form is concerned, David Warner has been churning out runs on a consistent basis for SRH. They are likely to miss a couple of matches for their respective franchises, besides the knockout stage in case the teams make it to the play-offs.
Rajasthan will play Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 30 before meeting Delhi Capitals in their last league game on May 4, while Sunrisers will be up against Mumbai and RCB on May 2 and May 4 respectively.Читайте также: Drummond ejected for shoving Giannis in blowout loss
The Victorian's ability to keep wickets even had some pundits predicting he would take the gloves ahead of Alex Carey, but the South Australian has held his spot and is the sole gloveman in the squad.
Cricket Australia (CA), in its statement, mentioned that the 15-man squad will have to assemble in Brisbane for a training camp.
File image of Steve Smith and David Warner. A top-order batsman who can also double up as a back-up wicketkeeper, Handscomb's good recent form had made him a strong contender in the Australia line-up.
Australia World Cup squad: Aaron Finch (captain), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (vc), Pat Cummins (vc), Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon.
Another notable absentee is fast bowler Josh Hazlewood, who has been sidelined with a back injury since January. In-form batsman Peter Handscomb and pacer Josh Hazlewood are two big names who have missed the cut.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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