Discarded cricketers, David Warner, and Steven Smith didn’t find a place in Australia’s ODI squad for the final two matches of the ODI series against Pakistan in UAE. Their bans will come to an end on March 28. The Australian selectors retained the same ODI squad that was picked for the India tour. Mitchell Starc continues to be out of action due to a left pectoral muscle strain.
“After consultation with members of the National Selection Panel, Greg Chappell and Head Coach Justin Langer, Interim EGM Team Performance Belinda Clark, CA Medical Team and both players, it has been agreed Steve Smith and David Warner will not be available for selection for the final two matches of the series against Pakistan,” said Trevor Hohns, Chairman of the National Selection Panel.
“While their bans will be finished on March 28, Steve and David have been working through rehabilitation from elbow surgery and it has been agreed the best pathway for them to return to play is in the Indian Premier League, a strong competition which features some of the world’s best players. David will play with Sunrisers Hyderabad and Steve with Rajasthan Royals. Cricket Australia will continue to liaise with both Steve, David and their IPL clubs to monitor progress as we build towards the ICC World Cup and the Ashes,” said Hohns.
The ODI series between Pakistan and Australia starts from March 22 in Sharjah,
Australia ODI squad: Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa