Men's ODI World Cup 2019

Return of banned pair no issue for Finch

Skipper says Steve Smith and David Warner have 'done everything they've been asked to do' during their suspensions


16 April 2019, 06:52 AM AEST

Steve Smith and David Warner are returning to a changed Australian cricket team, but two senior members of the group are confident their comebacks will be seamless.

As expected, the two stars were named on Monday in the World Cup squad.

The one-day tournament will be their first Australian games since the end of their 12-month bans stemming from the South African ball-tampering scandal.

Chief selector Trevor Hohns and one-day captain Aaron Finch are confident there will be no problems when the star pair are back in the team.

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Smith and Warner met with the one-day squad in Dubai last month to help prepare for their returns and Hohns said that was part of a process that has been going on for two or three months.

"There have been a lot of people speaking to them from Cricket Australia," Hohns said.

"I'm quite comfortable and quite confident that they know what is expected and they know the environment they are stepping into, which is quite different to when they left."

Hohns was asked about the potential for the returns of Smith and Warner disrupting the team environment.

"There are enough hard-nosed people around the Australian cricket team to make sure it does (successfully) happen," he said.

Finch similarly predicts no problems with having Smith and Warner in the side, saying they were fantastic in Dubai.

"As far as I'm concerned, they've done everything they've been asked in this last 12 months," Finch said.

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"They were very good around the group and continuing to do everything they can, that's in the best interests of the side, and that's a real key.

"Knowing them both personally as well as I do, I don't think that will be any kind of issue whatsoever.

"They're both great guys and I can't see there being any kinds of issues."

Hohns also is confident that Smith and Warner will cope with the inevitable heckling from the English crowds.

"Probably going to England there will certainly be a little bit of aggro," Hohns said.

"I'm sure everyone expects that, particularly the two players themselves. The team will come in for a bit of heckling I would say."

Australia's World Cup fixtures

May 25: (warm-up) England v Australia, Southampton

May 27: (warm-up) Australia v Sri Lanka, Southampton

June 1: Afghanistan v Australia, Bristol (D/N)

June 6: Australia v West Indies, Trent Bridge

June 9: India v Australia, The Oval

June 12: Australia v Pakistan, Taunton

June 15: Sri Lanka v Australia, The Oval

June 20: Australia v Bangladesh, Trent Bridge

June 25: England v Australia, Lord's

June 29: New Zealand v Australia, Lord's (D/N)

July 6: Australia v South Africa, Old Trafford (D/N)

July 9: Semi-Final 1, Old Trafford

July 11: Semi-Final 2, Edgbaston

July 14: Final, Lord's

For a full list of all World Cup fixtures, click HERE