• Warner, Smith continue reintegration

    Batsmen David Warner and Steven Smith will rejoin the Australian team for three days later this week.

    Warner and Smith are currently serving bans for being involved in the ball-tampering saga that marred last year’s Test series in South Africa.

    They have not been named in the squad for this month’s limited-overs series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, but will join the tourists before departing for the Indian Premier League.

    Warner and Smith will be with the Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals respectively, when the bans expire on 29 March.

    Other Australians, meanwhile won’t be allowed to depart for the IPL until the tour of the UAE concludes with the fifth and final ODI in Dubai on 31 March.

    ‘It is a difficult period with the IPL being brought forward to accommodate the World Cup and overlapping our domestic season. We will, as always, assess applications on a case by case basis, but it is important the players understand our position in advance, so they have the clarity they need to make personal decisions,’ said Cricket Australia acting head of team performance Belinda Clark.

    ‘It is imperative that we ensure Australia is in the best possible position as we head into the World Cup and the 2019 Ashes series. This means prioritising our focus on match readiness and the health of our players.’

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