Discarded Australian cricketers Steve Smith and David Warner will not be brought back into the Australia side in any kind of haste. Their bans will come to an end next month. But Australia’s head coach Justin Langer reckons it would be “crazy” not to include them in the World Cup squad.

“They’re going to need to get some cricket before coming back into the squad. It’s all part of the management. We’ll have to wait and see,” he said.

“We know it’s been a tough time for them, it’s been a tough time for Australian cricket, but we know the … integration has been going for the last nine or ten months … it’s getting closer, isn’t it? And that’ll be a continued process.

“It’s about how much cricket they get to play between now and then. They’ll find opportunities. We’ll find opportunities.

“We’re talking about two great players, we’re not talking about two really good players,” he added. “Two great players who on paper we’d be crazy not to have them in the team.”

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