Steve Smith, David Warner Named In Cricket Australia Contract List

Steve Smith, David Warner Named In Cricket Australia Contract List

Their selection means they could play their first worldwide match since that ill-fated Cape Town Test on 1 June when Australia take on Afghanistan in Bristol in their World Cup opener. The defending champions took the tough decision to drop Peter Handscomb and fast bowler Josh Hazlewood from the 15-man squad announced on Monday.David Warner now leads the run scoring charts in the IPL, holding the orange cap with 400 runs, while Smith has 186 runs to his name in 6 innings.Dropping two in-form players underlines both the reversal of Australia's recent one-day form and the depth of talent the panel had to choose from.

With them being included in the World Cup squad, it becomes imperative for Smith and Warner to attend the team's training camp for the mega event.

Australia have named former captain Steve Smith and former vice-captain David Warner in their 15-man squad for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

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.

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. Ashton Turner and D'Arcy Short are also not included in the side and Alex Carey will be the only wicketkeeper on tour.

Pacemen Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jason Behrendorff are among the surprise inclusions. Marsh failed to deliver last season and his performance only dipped after he was elevated as Australia's joint Test vice-captain. Australia whitewashed Pakistan by 5-0 in an ODI series in UAE held in March this year.

He added that there had been some tough calls to make given the depth of talent available, but was happy to see Smith and Warner return to the global fold.

Hohns said fast bowlers Mitchell Starc and Jhye Richardson have been named subject to fitness. "Our focus is to have Josh back bowling at his best for the commencement of the big Ashes Tour".

Cricket Australia's 2019 contract list: Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Alex Carey, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine, James Pattinson, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa.

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